Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said President Trump will "stop at nothing" to protect himself in an interview with Rachel Maddow on the Thursday broadcast of her MSNBC show. Blumenthal declared a "constitutional crisis" is looming in reaction to a New York Times report that Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last summer. He said the content of the article shows a "credible case" of obstruction of justice against Trump.
"These reports are absolutely stunning, deeply frightening because they show again that the president will stop at nothing to protect himself from this obstruction of justice investigation and they are evidence," Blumenthal said. "Those conversations with [Don] McGahn and apparently there are four sources. So four people have some basis to believe that they are true are further evidence of obstruction of justice. There is a credible case of obstruction of justice against the president of the United States."
"We have a constitutional crisis looming, and that's the reason why we need to protect the special counsel with legislation that I've offered," Blumenthal said.
"It would be a constitutional crisis because it would involve the president exceeding his authority under the Constitution, violating statutes, and potentially confronting Congress, which would hold him accountable to obey the law," he said.
He said the supposed conflicts of interest listed by Trump in the NYT article are "ludicrous."
"These supposed conflicts are preposterous, absolutely ludicrous as a reason to fire the special counsel. They don't even pass the smell test as we say in the legal profession," the Senator said.
Blumenthal also said he doesn't believe Trump was alone in concocting a list of "potential conflicts" and went as far to say those involved are participating in obstruction of justice.
"The Judiciary Committee should be looking into it because obstruction of justice and the threat to law enforcement is directly within our responsibility, and secondly, remember, this remarkable news report is not news to Robert Mueller. He knows about it. He has been talking to the very people who have talked to these reporters and no doubt he is investigating those individuals who may have assisted, aided and abetted in this potential obstruction of justice," he said.