Dems seize on report of effort to fire Mueller to hammer Trump over obstruction claims

Dems seize on report of effort to fire Mueller to hammer Trump over obstruction claims
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Congressional Democrats are seizing on a report that President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE attempted to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE last year to slam Trump for what they say is obstruction of justice.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump attempted to fire Mueller last June, but backed off after White House counsel Don McGahn refused Trump’s order and threatened to quit.

Trump reportedly said Mueller had conflicts of interest in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, including a dispute over fees at Trump’s National Golf Club in Virginia and Mueller’s previous employment at a law firm that represents Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, according to the Times.

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Democratic lawmakers took to Twitter to react to the report and warn against any effort to obstruct justice.

Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiOvernight Health Care — FDA panel backs boosters for some, but not all White House to host global COVID-19 summit next week Biden under pressure to ratchet up vaccine aid MORE (D-Ill.) said the report “underscored the important of the [special counsel] investigation continuing without interference,” adding that Trump firing Mueller would be an impeachable offense.

Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineHillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules Judge rules Apple is not 'illegal monopolist' in high-profile Epic case Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent MORE (D-R.I.) slammed Trump, saying it “seems like Trump tried to obstruct the investigation into whether he obstructed justice" while Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said the report “does not sound like the behavior of an innocent man.” 

The Times's report comes one day after Trump said he would be willing to interview with Mueller. 

Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he is "looking forward" to the opportunity to sit down with Mueller.

"There’s been no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction whatsoever, and I’m looking forward to it," Trump said.

Trump also mocked critics who have accused him of obstructing the Russia probe by attacking the investigations and referring to them as a “witch hunt.”

“You fight back, oh, it’s obstruction,” Trump mockingly told reporters.