Multiple congressional Democrats have issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump in the wake of rumors that he is considering terminating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller: fire them and Congress will move to impeach.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) was unequivocal during a Friday appearance on MSNBC: “All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law. And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then [get] special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings.”
In his own statement, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) drew comparisons to former President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre that saw him fire the independent special prosecutor on the Watergate Scandal, which in turn saw the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General resign.
“Congress can defend our system of checks and balances by passing an independent counsel law that empowers an independent prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation and anything that arises from it,” Schiff said, concluding: “We cannot allow the President to choose who will conduct this investigation or to interfere with its progress in any way.”
During his Tuesday testimony before the Senate, Rosenstein reassured lawmakers that he would only fire Mueller under “lawful and appropriate orders” to prove that the move is for a “good cause.”
However, Trump ignited Democrat suspicion that he was gearing up for his own Saturday Night Massacre with a single tweet:
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
In a statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) claimed the tweet was solid evidence: “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,” she said.