Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that President Trump’s legal team’s efforts to delegitimize special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russia, is a “standard tactic” for litigators.
Blumenthal added that if Mueller is fired by the President he would personally lead an effort to launch an investigation.
“I am very confident that Bob Mueller is going to pursue this investigation vigorously and fairly. There will be a firestorm reaction,” Blumenthal said during an appearance on CNN. “And I would lead an effort to legislate a special counsel, as was done during Watergate, perhaps appointed by a three-judge panel. Let’s remember, we’re very far from a conclusion about obstruction of justice, but there needs to be a full, fair, vigorous investigation here.”
The Connecticut Senator added that Trump’s comments during an interview with the New York Times, where he said it would be a “violation” for Mueller to dig into his family’s finances, “verges on potential obstruction of justice” when “combined, perhaps, with other things he’s done,” a reference to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
“Trying to draw lines, red lines or boundaries, or put certain subjects off-limits and then intimidating or threatening a prosecutor, if it’s the President of the United States, I think verges on potential obstruction of justice,” he said. “If it’s the President of the United States, with that tremendous power he has, raises very severe legal questions.”