Blumenthal: McCabe firing is 'added evidence of obstruction of justice'

Blumenthal: McCabe firing is 'added evidence of obstruction of justice'
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) says the Trump administration’s firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Senate GOP set to ramp up Obama-era probes Showtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump MORE is “added evidence of obstruction of justice” for 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’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“McCabe firing is an undisguised attack on Special Counsel investigation - attempting to undermine him as a witness,” Blumenthal said on Twitter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee member argued that McCabe’s firing shows that Congress needs to pass a bill protecting Mueller’s investigation and blocking the removal of the special counsel.

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“Firing McCabe - a possible witness to obstruction - exemplifies Pres. Trump’s total contempt for the rule of law,” Blumenthal said. “He will stop at nothing to undermine the Mueller investigation.”

 

Blumenthal has often called for Congress to pass a bill to protect Mueller, including after a New York Times report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE ordered that Mueller be fired last year.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE fired McCabe on Friday night, saying McCabe hadn’t been completely honest with investigators and had made an unauthorized disclosure to the press.

McCabe says he was fired to try and undermine Mueller’s probe, in which he could be a key witness. McCabe led the FBI in the weeks after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE, an area of interest in Mueller's probe.

The former FBI official also says that he had the authority at the time to share information with the media.