Booker says Mueller firing would be 'constitutional crisis'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKrystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate 2020 Democrats seek investigation into 'toxic culture' at NBC ahead of debate MORE (D-N.J.) on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE could cause a “constitutional crisis” with efforts to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.

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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 KushnerUN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday MORE, according to the Times.

Trump also reportedly considered removing deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball 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.