Hundreds of former Department of Justice officials have now signed a petition demanding that Congress act “swiftly and forcefully” if President Trump removes special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently leading a investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The former DOJ officials penned a statement which was released this past Friday claiming that it is on Congress to fight off any efforts put into action by the president to meddle in the DOJ’s work, including removing Mueller or deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
“Should the President take such a step, we call on Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law,” the DOJ officials wrote.
If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
They continued on to explain that they see Mueller and Rosenstein as “dedicated public servants” while stating that they are “deeply disturbed” by the recent attacks on the integrity of people in the Justice Department.
“Not only is it an insult to their public service, but any attempt to corrupt or undermine the even-handed application of the rule of law threatens the foundation of our Republic,” the officials wrote.
The recent statement which featured the opinions of officials that served under every president since Kennedy had obtained more than 400 signatures as of Monday morning, including a number of employees with more than 30 years of DOJ service.
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