Dem Tells America: Congress Will Begin Impeachment If Trump Decides To Fire Rosenstein And Mueller
Most of America wants to know, when will Donald Trump be impeached? What else does Trump have to do for Congress to come together and start the impeachment process?
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) gave the answer on Friday, saying that Congress will come together and “begin impeachment proceedings” against Trump if he fired 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 on MSNBC. “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. Ted Lieu: If Trump fired Rosenstein and Mueller, "I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings." https://t.co/lqJ0JTg1l6
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 17, 2017
Lieu’s statements come after another week of scandals in the Trump administration. Multiple Trump allies attacked Mueller’s character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made accusations against the special counsel, calling Mueller the “tip of the deep state spear,” a conspiracy theory reference.
Trump also lashed out at Rosenstein on Friday. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” he tweeted.
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
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also warned of a Trump impeachment if he fired Mueller and Roenstein.
“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,” Schiff said in a statement. “That is not how the rule of law works, and Congress will not allow the president to so egregiously overstep his authority.”
“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,” he said.
In the Senate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a similar warning.
“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 Friday.
“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,” she said.