On Friday, during his appearance on MSNBC, Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) stated that Congress will “begin impeachment proceedings” if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Lieu said. “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.”
Lieu’s remarks come after Trump and other Republicans attacked Mueller’s character and tried to discredit him and the investigation.
For example, Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, accused Mueller of selecting Democratic political donors and called Mueller the “tip of the deep state spear.”
Sean Hannity from Fox News said Mueller and Comey are “best friends” and people shouldn’t believe the stories that are leaked.
Trump went to Twitter to go after Rosenstein and claim there was a witch hunt against him and admit he was under investigation.
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
Lieu isn’t the only one to call for some kind of consequence if Trump tries to fire Mueller and Rosenstein. Other Democrats such as Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have called for something similar.
Schiff asserted that “Congress must unite to stop him” if he were to fire the two. Feinstein stated “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.”
You can watch the whole interview below: