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

Schumer: Trump 'floating trial balloons about derailing' Mueller probe
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge Liberal super PAC to run digital ads slamming Trump over Medicare comments MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE is "floating trial balloons about derailing" special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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."


Trump's lawyer said on Saturday that it’s time for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us 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.