Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
Opinion writer

The special counsel stomped all over President Trump’s red line. “Federal prosecutors in New York asked the Trump Organization, President Donald Trump’s flagship company, for records relating to a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film actress as part of an investigation into Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, according to a person familiar with the matter. … The federal investigation into Mr. Cohen’s activities relates broadly to his personal business dealings in addition to the payment to Ms. Clifford, according to people familiar with the matter.”

A good idea, because Trump has trampled over one democratic norm after another. “Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday called on Senate GOP leaders to bring legislation to the floor that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of heightened tension over his investigation into Russian election meddling. Schumer called for new protections of Mueller hours after the FBI raided the Manhattan office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, enraging the president.”

TV lawyers have hammered Trump on this. “Chris Christie and Dan Abrams Fact Check Trump: ‘Attorney-Client Privilege is Not Dead.’ ” When you lose Chris Christie …

They’ll act only after Trump has pulverized the Constitution? “President Donald Trump’s latest tirade against Robert Mueller’s investigation does not appear to have prompted many Capitol Hill Republicans to reconsider the need for legislation to protect the special counsel.”

The House Judiciary Committee’s ranking member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) marched out to defend the rule of law. “President Trump’s comments demonstrate clear contempt for the rule of law. The President thinks he is the State, and that an attack on him is an attack on the country. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. The President, like everyone else, is subject to the law, and he should know that he will be held accountable to the law.”

Mueller hasn’t treaded lightly. Trump has freaked out: “Angry and increasingly isolated, the president is more unpredictable than ever, according to four people close to him.”

If Trump booted Mueller out the door, the public would be very displeased. “President Donald Trump should not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, American voters say 69 – 13 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Even Republicans say 55 – 22 percent that President Trump should not fire Mueller. “