Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had a warning for President Donald Trump on Tuesday: talking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller would amount to "suicide".
Grassley told Fox Business that Trump should stay quiet on the matter.
“The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be,” the Iowa Republican told Fox Business. “I think that maybe Mueller coming to a dead end as far as collusion of Trump with Russia in this election — and it looks like a dead end — maybe Mueller would appreciate being fired so he would have an excuse for getting out of it, and the Democrats would have a good issue in this upcoming election.”
“It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller," he added.
The president tweeted Tuesday morning that "attorney-client privilege is dead!" and repeated his regular refrain that the investigation is a "witch hunt", but Grassley disagrees with Trump on the issue -- as well as Trump's insistence that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country" in recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
“I’m sure that the judge that gave the order that this raid could be made would be confident that that would not be an issue,” Grassley said.
“I think Jeff Sessions is doing a good job, even though on some issues I very dramatically disagree with him," Grassley said. "We’ve got three cabinet people to approve now. We may even have a Supreme Court justice down the road a few months. The president should not be overburdening Congress with finding a new attorney general."