Dem lawmaker: Trump's tweets show intent to obstruct justice

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierJimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Military braces for sea change on justice reform House panel plans mid-July consideration of military justice overhaul MORE (D-Calif.) told CNN early Tuesday that she doesn't believe White House lawyer Ty Cobb's assurances that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE will not move 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.

In an interview with "New Day," Speier said she believes "the tweets that the president puts out when he's unsupervised" over statements from Trump's top aides.


"I think what we have seen over and over again is [Trump's] intention to obstruct justice," Speier said.

"He's so accustomed to being able to use his position as a family company and shut people down with lawsuits, and threatening them," she added. "He thinks he can do that with the American public. He can't do that."

Speier's comments follow a tweet from her account on Sunday that contained a clear threat for the president: "Mr. President: Here is my red line—Fire Mueller and I will vote to fire you."

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump is considering firing Mueller following the ouster of Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE just days before the former FBI deputy director would have been eligible for his full pension.

“There are no conversations or discussions about removing Mr. Mueller,” deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Monday.

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” added Cobb in a statement.