California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu predicted Monday there will be “widespread civil unrest” if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.
“If the president does go ahead and fire Robert Mueller, we would have people take to the streets,” Lieu told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “I believe there would be widespread civil unrest because Americans believe the rule of law is paramount.”
“You think there would be widespread civil unrest?” Hayes asked.
“I do. I think you’re going have protests and marches and rallies and sit-ins. I believe Americans would not stand for the firing of Robert Mueller,” Lieu replied.
Trump’s tweets last week have fueled speculation he plans to get rid of Mueller, who was appointed May 2017 to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt,” which “should never have been started.”
Trump lawyer John Dowd believes the Mueller investigation should come to an end, he said over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which added fuel to the fire.
White House special counsel Ty Cobb issued a statement on Sunday, denying Trump plans to fire Mueller.
Trump would either have to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions or fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in order to shut down the Mueller investigation
Rosenstein serves as acting attorney general for the Russia investigation because Sessions recused himself from the matter due to his involvement with the Trump campaign. Sessions’ and/or Rosenstein’s replacements could shut down the Mueller investigation if the two were forced out of their positions.