Booker says Mueller firing would be 'constitutional crisis'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Cory Booker talks about 'geeking out' over Rosario Dawson's Marvel role Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals MORE (D-N.J.) on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE could cause a “constitutional crisis” with efforts to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE.

“It’s a big deal because that effort or that thought about doing so would really plunge our country into a constitutional crisis,” Booker said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“To fire the special prosecutor, especially after the fact pattern we’re seeing about the firing of the FBI director, really presents a problem for our nation as a whole to have an unaccountable president … actively undermining an ongoing investigation into his administration and his campaign, where a number of close allies and associates have already faced indictment,” Booker continued.

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 represented Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail MORE, according to the Times.

Trump also reportedly considered removing deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE, the Justice Department's second-highest official, and appointing Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand to oversee Mueller's team of prosecutors, but that option also never materialized.

Congressional Democrats quickly seized on the report to accuse Trump of what they say is obstruction of justice, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) responded to the report by calling for the Senate to take up bills aimed at protecting Mueller from being fired.

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

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

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.