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

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday defended special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE from criticism by President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 Jay RosensteinDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' CNN: DOJ preparing to announce end of Mueller probe as soon as next week 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.