Schumer: 'Severe consequences' if Trump moves to shut down Mueller probe
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt Schumer lashes out at Trump over 'blue states' remark: 'What a disgrace' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday warned of "severe consequences" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE moves to shut down the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Schumer cited comments by Trump's personal attorney John Dowd on Saturday asking the deputy attorney general to "bring an end" to the "fraudulent" investigation he claimed was constructed to undermine the president. 

"The president, the administration, and his legal team must not take any steps to curtail, interfere with, or end the special counsel's investigation or there will be severe consequences from both Democrats and Republicans," Schumer said in a statement.


Dowd called on Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDOJ kept investigators from completing probe of Trump ties to Russia: report Five takeaways from final Senate Intel Russia report FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE to follow the "courageous example" of the FBI's internal watchdog that recommended former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGraham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' GOP votes to authorize subpoenas, depositions in Obama-era probe MORE be fired. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE announced McCabe's firing on Friday.

The Trump attorney said in a statement obtained by The Hill that Rosenstein should "bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' MORE based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier."

Schumer, who has defended special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE against Trump's insistence that the federal probe is a "witch hunt," said Dowd's statement was "yet another indication that the first instinct of the president and his legal team is not to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but to undermine him at every turn." 

The top Senate Democrat previously called for Congress to unite in protecting Mueller from dismissal after it was reported Trump had once ordered the special counsel to be fired.