Democrat leaders, spearheaded by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, fired off a letter warning President Donald Trump not to even think about firing special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Coming after the release of the House Intelligence Committee memo, Democrats warned of a “constitutional crisis” in a letter to the president.
“Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ Leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre,” the letter stated, referencing former President Richard Nixon’s firing of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Dem leadership – Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, Hoyer, et al – pen letter to Trump after Nunes memo release: "Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ Leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre." pic.twitter.com/x133JBuqvl
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) February 2, 2018
Of course, it was Pelosi and Co. who warned of threats to national security that may lead to a constitutional crisis if the memo was released — the threats have since been easily debunked.
Well the memo is out… where is the Constitutional crisis? pic.twitter.com/AlQZOQwVZk
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 2, 2018
Refusing to let go of the Russian collusion narrative, which is based in large part on the Steele dossier that’s undermined by the memo, Schumer tweeted if Trump takes any action, it will be seen as obstructing justice.
“The Nunes memo is partisan and misleading, simple as that. To use it as pretext for firing Deputy AG Rosenstein, Special Counsel Mueller or other DOJ leadership would be viewed as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation,” the tweet read.
The Nunes memo is partisan and misleading, simple as that. To use it as pretext for firing Deputy AG Rosenstein, Special Counsel Mueller or other DOJ leadership would be viewed as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation. pic.twitter.com/vqlZKkY94V
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 2, 2018
When asked by a reporter on Friday if he was considering firing Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian collusion investigation, Trump replied, “You figure that one out.”
"Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre." Democrats have expressed concern about GOP memo being used as cover for a potential Rosenstein dismissal https://t.co/3on1MOeHb8 pic.twitter.com/zVP2O70iTl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 2, 2018
The White House later told CBS News “there is no conversation or consideration about firing Rob Rosenstein.”
As for a constitutional crisis, social media has its own ideas about what might qualify:
The media loves to throw around the term "Constitutional Crisis". What would you call it when the FBI and DOJ colludes with a campaign and foreign spies to stop an opposing candidate?
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) February 2, 2018
The entire Democrat Party is a Constitutional crisis!
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) February 2, 2018
The threats from Dems trying to prevent the President from carrying out his Constitutional duties pose the Constitutional Crisis.
— Sabe_Wants_Justice ????? (@mamasabe1) February 3, 2018
That's funny. I remember when the Pentagon Papers were released. No Democratic party memberwas outraged by that, or saw it as a "constitutional crisis"
— Todd Holmes (@toddholmes634) February 3, 2018
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