Senator Cory Booker stepped forth this Friday to state that he believes Trump thinks he does not have to work within the limits of the law.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Booker claimed that Trump has “authoritarian tendencies” that “destroy the norms of our democracy,” and that the president’s attitude particularly toward federal law enforcement officials – is being investigating by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“We have a very serious situation with this president that ultimately, I think, is unchecked right now and doesn’t see himself as being subject to the rule of law,” Booker explained.
Booker’s comments follow a New York Times report from this week that revealed that Trump had sought to fire Mueller back in June, shortly after he was elected, but that he backed away from the move after White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign over it.
The shocking account revealed by the Times is the first proven instance of Trump actually attempting to fire the special counsel, who was appointed back in May to lead the criminal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Mueller’s team, however, was also allowed authorization to investigate any potential wrongdoings that might have come from the Russia investigation, potentially including whether Trump looked to obstruct justice.
Trump has so far denied allegations that his campaign worked with the Russians to help affect the 2016 election, and he has branded Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.” He has also questioned the objectivity and bias of the FBI, suggesting that its agents, particularly those on Mueller’s team, may be working against him.