Trump Floats Possibility Of Firing Robert Mueller, Criticizes Jeff Sessions

Trump Floats Possibility Of Firing Robert Mueller, Criticizes Jeff Sessions

President Trump complained Monday that the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation is not only a political witch hunt but "an attack on our country", exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney.

On Monday, investigators working for the USA attorney's office at the Southern District of NY raided Cohen's offices in NY after obtaining a search warrant, and seized records on various topics, such as the $130,000 nondisclosure payment Cohen made the adult-film actress, Stormy Daniels, shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A source close to the White House also agreed with Trump's take on the alleged bias of Mueller investigators, saying that "the hiring of all those Clinton people for Mueller's team was not an accident".

The move ignited the president's anger, with Trump calling it a "disgrace" that federal agents "broke into" the office of his personal lawyer.

"I think it's a disgrace, what's going on", Trump added.

As part of his investigation into the Trump Organization's foreign deals, Mueller is said to be particularly interested in the company's push to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2015, just months after Trump gave the talk in Kiev. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006, but the White House has denied the claim.

Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel previous year after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The news comes after Trump on Monday dismissed Mueller's investigation as "disgraceful", a "witch hunt" and "an attack on our country".

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"The one thing I think that I agree with Sara wholeheartedly on with Joe [diGenova] is the idea of mission creep but more importantly this opens up an area where it seems that there's no limit at all into the fishing expedition that Mueller is now engaged in and if he has access to everything that his personal attorney has I can only imagine where that's going to lead", Hannity responded.

And, according to CNN's Gloria Borger, Trump's fury is more directed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein than at Mueller at the moment.

Cohen is already a subject of scrutiny in Mueller's investigation, which is examining Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump's favor.

Trump lit into Sessions, repeating in public his private criticism of the attorney general for making a "terrible mistake" in recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Word of the Cohen raid came as the White House suffers from decreased morale amid a period of staff turnover and policy unpredictability.

Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment appears to be a violation of campaign finance laws, and multiple Washington-based groups have filed complaints with the FEC, urging it to investigate. So how did the pro-Trump conservative commentator react to this bombshell? Lindsey Graham said he didn't know the objective of Mueller's raid on Cohen, but added, "I just want to let Mr. Mueller do his job without any political interference".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a stark warning to Trump in a series of tweets late Monday. "The investigation is critical to the health of our democracy and must be allowed to continue", he said.

Trump's comments renewed Democrats' concerns that he will fire Mueller before the probe is finished. Rosenstein then would determine whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another USA attorney or another part of the Justice Department.

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