Engel Calls Report That President Trump Tried to Fire Robert Mueller “Deeply Troubling, But Not Surprising”

Jan 26, 2018

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in June of 2017:

“This report is deeply troubling, but not surprising. Anytime the President has felt a perceived threat he has looked to ‘fire’ his way out of it. Jim Comey, Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, the list goes on. The President wrongly believes the justice system is in place to serve his interests, not the American people’s. He couldn’t be more wrong. This isn’t some reality TV show where you can dismiss whomever you want, whenever you want, for whatever reason. Firing Robert Mueller would trigger a Constitutional crisis. It is essential that we protect the independence of this investigation, make sure the Special Counsel gets to the bottom of the Trump-Russia scandal, and find out whether obstruction of justice has taken place.”