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A Democratic senator believes it's "likely" that President Trump will try to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told CNN Friday that he's "very concerned" because Trump previously said it would be a "red line" if Mueller started investigating his personal finances and family's business. He noted that several weeks ago Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents, and Trump has since attacked the special counsel by name.

Coons said that many of his colleagues believe it would be "dreadful" if Trump fired Mueller, but they still don't believe he will.

"I think the president's abrupt recent actions in how he dismissed the VA secretary, the secretary of state, other key members of his cabinet suggest that this is something he is likely to do," Coons said.

Coons joined with Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on a bill which would protect Mueller from removal. 

"We have heard from constituents — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference," Tillis and Coons said in a joint statement this week. "This should not be a partisan issue."

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have warned Trump that firing Mueller would be a grave mistake, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) even saying it would be "the beginning of the end of his presidency." 

But it's unclear whether Republican leaders will move forward with legislation to block a potential firing. 

Coons noted that there was also a major shakeup on Trump's legal team for the Russia investigation, with the resignation last week of John Dowd.

"I think [that was] partly in protest over the president's decisions about how to interact with Special Counsel Mueller," Coons said.

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