Politics Dem: Congress will begin impeachment if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein

16:20  17 june  2017
16:20  17 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller

  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller This comes after a friend of President Trump's said that the president is considering firing MuellerTestifying at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Rosenstein was asked if he has seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

that if Trump fires Mueller , then Congress will be forced to begin impeachment proceedings, and we might Bzl15. If Trump fires Mueller , Rosenstein , along with a few other high officials at DOJ, will resign and Trump friends are decrying the fact that several of Mueller 's team have donated to Dems .

His attempting to Fire Mueller would unquestionably result in his impeachment . Republicans in Congress begin trying to distance themselves from sinking Donald Trump . Donald Trump may have just released a statement about leaks under Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein 's name.

Dem rep responds to Trump: I bet FBI will find some witches: Rep. Ted Lieu of California issued a strong warning to President Trump.© Provided by The Hill Rep. Ted Lieu of California issued a strong warning to President Trump.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said on Friday that Congress would come together and "begin impeachment proceedings" against President 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."

If Trump fires Special Counsel Mueller he will be impeached

  If Trump fires Special Counsel Mueller he will be impeached OPINION | If Trump knows that neither he nor those close to him did anything wrong, it would be in his and their interest for Mueller to remain.The latest twist in the "Putingate" scandal, a major factor driving Trump's negative ratings to near 60 percent, is that some of his "friends" are suggesting Trump might fire the almost universally-respected and admired special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

acknowledging he is under investigation for obstruction for justice by Mueller , and if Trump attempts to fire or lean on Mueller , Rosenstein , or anyone else This could be—though it seems unlikely—an impeachment proceeding by Republicans in Congress who might finally flee a sinking ship.

Trump can't directly fire Mueller , but could direct Rosenstein — who appointed him as special counsel — to fire him. Rosenstein testified this week that he had hadn't seen "good cause" for firing Mueller and would only do so.

Lieu's comments come after Trump and his allies launched multiple attacks against Mueller's character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.

For example, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich accused Mueller of hiring Democratic political donors and called Mueller the "tip of the deep state spear," a conspiracy theory reference.

Trump himself used Twitter on Friday to lash out at Rosenstein, saying he was "being investigated" for firing former FBI Director James Comey "by the man who told me to fire the FBI director," seemingly referencing Rosenstein.

Lieu isn't the only House Democrat warning Trump of consequences for firing Mueller and Rosenstein. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that Congress would "unite to stop (Trump) if he tried to fire the two men."

"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.

Robert Mueller's Investigation Raises 3 Big Legal Questions. Here's What We Know .
President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller have a complicated relationship. Mueller must carry out a largely independent investigation into Trump’s dealings with Russia and possibly whether he attempted to obstruct justice; Trump must weigh the political costs of how to respond to Mueller’s probe and what power he can, or should, exert over him. The legal underpinnings of the relationship are as complex as the public struggle and illuminate the fraught structural balance between a special counsel and the president. These are the three key legal questions surrounding their relationship. Question 1: Could Trump fire Mueller? Trump does not have the direct authority to fire Mueller, but he does have the power to compel someone else to do it for him. According to the regulations governing special counsels, a special counsel can be removed “only by the personal action of the Attorney General. The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause,” and the reasoning must be provided in writing. In this case, that means Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. So, if Trump wants Mueller fired, he has to order Rosenstein to do it.

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