Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned President Donald Trump on Tuesday against firing special counsel Robert Mueller, saying the move “would be suicide” for the current administration.
“It would be suicide for the president to fire Mueller, to want to talk about firing Mueller, the less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be,” the Republican senator told Fox Business Network on Monday.
Following Monday’s raid of the president’s long-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen’s, office Trump has turned up the heat on the special counsel, even openly considering firing Mueller as the investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election creeps closer into his inner circle.
“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said Monday. “But I think it’s really a sad situation when you look at what happened. And many people have said, ‘you should fire him.'”
Watch Grassley’s comments to Trump below:
However, Grassley and other lawmakers have urged Trump to remain hands-off regarding the special counsel. “The less the president said on this whole thing the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be,” the Iowa senator added.
Earlier on Tuesday, fellow Republican and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also called on the president to lay off Mueller. “You can’t fire the special counsel. You just can’t,” Christie said on ABC.
On @GMA, @ChrisChristie says he’s told Pres. Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be “a big problem”: “You can’t fire the special counsel. You just can’t.” https://t.co/42GTZzwid0 pic.twitter.com/QHPBMnEVP4
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“I think he does understand it,” the former federal prosecutor added, “but I think there’s lots of people who are concerned that his reaction to this may overcome what he’s already been told.”