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 McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE is “added evidence of obstruction of justice” for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE ordered that Mueller be fired last year.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time 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 ComeyBiden is the least electable candidate — here's why Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president 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.