Democrats are poised and ready to go. They have just put down a stern warning to Trump that if he fires special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, there will be major consequences.
“All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told MSNBC Friday. “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.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) agreed with Lieu, calling for Congress to overrule Trump if necessary.
“Congress will not allow the president to so egregiously overstep his authority,” Schiff said in a statement.
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.”
Trump shot out a tweet in response to “being investigated” by Deputy AG Rosenstein, whom he claims told him to fire Comey. And, of course, the usual statement that this is all somehow a “witch hunt.”
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
During his testimony before the Senate, Rosenstein said he would only fire Mueller under “lawful and appropriate orders.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took Trump’s tweet as a threat that the president would fire Rosenstein.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement.