Coons to MSNBC: “Anyone who thinks the Special Counsel Robert Mueller isn't in imminent danger of being fired isn't paying attention.”

Sen. Chris Coons joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.

Coons:

Anyone who thinks the Special Counsel Robert Mueller isn’t in imminent danger of being fired isn’t paying attention. Just look at your phones.

The tweets coming out from President Trump this morning make it clear that he is rattling the cage and threatening to fire him. We should take up and pass the special counsel bill that Sen. Tillis and I introduced months ago. I think we should be moving forward on a protection bill for the special counsel.

We’ve explored every option to find a way to move forward with the special counsel bill. At this point, I think moving forward in the Senate with it legislatively not through the omnibus is the only path open.

On President Trump’s foreign policy:

I’m also deeply concerned and think many of my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, see clearly that there is no good answer, there’s no good reason why time and time again, when our President is in a position to confront Vladimir Putin, either on the assassination in the United Kingdom, interference in our elections, ways he’s undermining our allies across the world, he knuckles under, he wants Putin win, he ignores his own security team’s advice. He called President Putin and congratulate him on his election and make no mention of the pressing national security concerns of this country. There is no good explanation for that.

On Russia:

They’re following his lead and sadly he’s not leading. He’s not leading our country in a way that defends our values. We are a significantly more powerful country than Russia and we need to lead with our values if we’re going to be respected around the world as the great country we’ve been. He’s not making America great again. He’s taking us back to the isolationism of 70 years ago.

On Mueller:

Well, there were some strong statements from a number of Republican senators. Jeff Flake in particular. John McCain put out a very strong statement. The leaders both Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell said Robert Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigation unhindered but I think we need to do more. Anyone who thinks the Special Counsel Robert Mueller isn’t in imminent danger of being fired isn’t paying attention. Just look at your phones. The tweets coming out from President Trump this morning make it clear that he is rattling the cage and threatening to fire him. We should take up and pass the special counsel bill that Sen. Tillis and I introduced months ago. I think we should be moving forward on a protection bill for the special counsel.

It’s been frustratingly difficult. Yes, it would be horrible for Robert Mueller to be fired. It would undermine rule of law. It’s a red line the President shouldn’t cross. Co-sponsor this bill, make a public statement. Let’s do something on the floor. They say, that’s not going to happen. I’ve gotten reassurances from the White House it’s not going to happen. My mom used to say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Frankly, this is a train rolling right at us. The easiest way to stop it is through action now.

How many examples do we have in the last month of him blustering, threatening in one way and reversing course immediately. You can’t know exactly where he’s going to go, but he drew a red line. He communicated to Robert Mueller through the press months ago if you start investigating my finances, that’s a red line and that’s what he’s doing.