Schumer: Trump 'floating trial balloons about derailing' Mueller probe

Schumer: Trump 'floating trial balloons about derailing' Mueller probe
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBarr to testify before House Judiciary panel Graham won't call Barr to testify over Roger Stone sentencing recommendation Roger Stone witness alleges Trump targeted prosecutors in 'vile smear job' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE is "floating trial balloons about derailing" special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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 investigation. 

Schumer added in a statement that Republicans have an obligation to ensure that the special counsel can continue his investigation into Russia's election interference and any ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow after the president questioned the makeup of Mueller’s team.

"Our Republican colleagues, particularly the leadership, have an obligation to our country to stand up now and make it clear that firing Mueller is a red line for our democracy that cannot be crossed," the New York Democrat said.

Schumer’s comments came shortly after Trump tweeted that Mueller’s team is made up of a large number of Democrats and no Republicans.

Trump has been highly critical of Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a "witch hunt."

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Trump's lawyer said on Saturday that it’s time for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinGraham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE to end Mueller’s investigation. The lawyer, John Dowd, later said he was not speaking on behalf of the president.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Mueller’s investigation should never have begun.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Top Republicans back Barr amid criticism over controversial DOJ decisions MORE on Friday for giving unauthorized information to the press and withholding information from investigators.

McCabe said that he had the authority to share the information and that his firing, which came two days before he was set to retire, was part of a larger effort to undermine Mueller’s investigation.