Claiming that “All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) stated on Friday that Congress will “begin impeachment proceedings” against President Trump if he dares to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The warning comes on the heels of Trump sending out tweets that question the character and possible conflicts of interest facing Mueller, who increasingly seems to be gunning for the President.
Trump may have been influenced in part by former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The former presidential candidate has accused Mueller of hiring Democratic political donors, and said that Mueller is the “tip of the deep state spear.”
Trump jumped on Twitter Friday to say he was “being investigated” for firing former FBI Director James Comey “by the man who told me to fire the FBI director,” apparently referencing Rosenstein.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also said on Friday that Congress would “unite to stop [Trump] if he tried to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.”
According to a statement put out by Schiff, “It has become clear that President Trump believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason, including special counsel Robert Mueller. That is not how the rule of law works, and Congress will not allow the president to so egregiously overstep his authority.”
Schiff added, “If President Trump were to try to replicate [former President Richard] Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him – without respect to party, and for the sake of the nation.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) added to the warnings, stating, “The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office. It’s becoming clear to me that the president has embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light, be that Congress, the media or the Justice Department. The Senate should not let that happen. We’re a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, a lesson the president would be wise to learn.”
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