Flake: Trump 'seems to be building' toward firing Mueller

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE seems to be building toward firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE was dismissed Friday.

“It was a horrible day for democracy. To have firings like this happening at the top from the president and the attorney general does not speak well for what’s going on,” Flake said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Asked if he believes the president is laying the groundwork to fire Mueller, Flake said “it seems to be building towards that. But I just hope it doesn’t go there, because it can’t.”

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE fired McCabe on Friday, just days before the ex-FBI official was set to retire and be eligible for his pension. Trump has personally attacked McCabe in the past, and celebrated his firing as "a great day for democracy."

Trump also took to Twitter this weekend to double down on his long-held opposition to the Mueller-led investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He asserted Saturday that the probe “should never have been started.” 

On Sunday, he claimed Mueller’s team is entirely made up of Democrats. Mueller himself is a Republican. 

Flake on Sunday called any attempts to fire Mueller a “massive red line” that he believes fellow Republicans would push back against. 

Flake, who has frequently criticized Trump’s rhetoric and is not seeking reelection this year, has prompted speculation that he might launch a White House bid in 2020. Flake, 55, spoke in New Hampshire on Friday at an event that typically hosts future presidential candidates.

On Sunday, Flake did not provide further clarity on his future plans, but reiterated his hope that a Republican will challenge Trump. 

“What I’m seeing is there is a crying need out there for some Republican to stand up and say ‘this is not normal, this is not right,’ ” Flake said.