Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said during an interview on Fox Business Network Tuesday that “it would be suicide” for President Trump to even consider firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I have confidence in Mueller, the president ought to have confidence in Mueller, and I think, to answer your question, it would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller,” Grassley said.
“The less the president said on this whole thing the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be,” Grassley continued.
Trump on Monday attacked the Department of Justice and the Mueller probe following reports that FBI agents raided the office and residence of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
FBI agents reportedly seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, according to the Times.
The search warrants were obtained by federal prosecutors in New York City after receiving a referral “in part” from Mueller.
Trump denounced the FBI raid on Monday as a “disgrace” and a “pure and simple witch hunt.”
“It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for,” Trump said at the White House.
“We’ll see what happens. … Many people have said ‘you should fire [Mueller],’ ” Trump said. “Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”
Grassley said that there’s not yet enough information about the FBI raid to know if there are any real issues with it.
“It looks to me like the only real issue is the extent to which lawyer–client relationship between Cohen and Trump might be violated,” Grassley said. “And I’m sure that the judge that gave the order that this raid could be made would be confident that would not be an issue.”