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Schumer to Trump: 'Don't even think about' firing Mueller

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday defended special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE from criticism by President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE after the FBI raided the New York City office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Schumer warned Trump not to use the raid as an excuse to fire Mueller, an action that has been anticipated by Democrats for months. 

“If the president is thinking of using this raid to fire special counsel Mueller or otherwise interfere with the chain of command in the Russia probe, we have one simple message for him: Don’t even think about it,” Schumer said.

Schumer also defended the law enforcement raid as legitimate and said it received a green light from Republican officials. 

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“Law enforcement officers believe there’s a good chance that the attorney for [the] president committed [a] crime or was involved in fraud where they couldn’t have gotten the okay from the magistrate to make these seizures,” Schumer said.

He noted that the legal referral for Monday’s raid came from Mueller, a lifelong Republican, and that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE, who is also a lifelong Republican, signed off on the referral.

He pointed out that the FBI agents who conducted the raid are under the direction of FBI Director Christopher Wray, another Republican, who was appointed to his post by Trump himself.

Trump blasted the Department of Justice Tuesday morning after FBI agents used a search warrant to seize documents from Cohen’s office on Monday afternoon.

“Attorney–client privilege is dead!” Trump tweeted. “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!” 

Trump did not rule out the possibility of firing Mueller while speaking to reporters before a White House meeting on Monday.

Calling the investigation a “disgrace,” Trump said, “Many people have said, ‘You should fire him.’ ”

Schumer defended the raid as something that was approved by lifelong public officials and had a good chance of revealing a crime.

He also warned that Trump should not have any contact with the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, who had responsibility over the raid. 

“President Trump should not have any contact, any contact, with the new U.S. attorney in the Southern District, with his office, or the Department of Justice officials overseeing an investigation of Mr. Cohen,” Schumer said. 

“Any attempted contact by the president or the White House should be reported to the Department of Justice immediately,” he added.

Updated at 11:20 a.m.