Ex-DOJ officials to Congress: Act ‘forcefully’ if Trump fires Mueller

Ex-DOJ officials to Congress: Act ‘forcefully’ if Trump fires Mueller
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Hundreds of former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have signed a petition urging Congress to act “swiftly and forcefully” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE fires special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The former DOJ officials wrote in a statement published Friday that it is up to Congress to oppose any attempt made by the president to interfere in the DOJ’s work, including firing Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinKey GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting Trump's Russia remarks put intel chiefs in tough spot MORE.

“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.

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They added that they view Mueller and Rosenstein as “dedicated public servants” and noted that they are “deeply disturbed” by attacks on the integrity of the 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 statement — which was signed by officials that served under every president since Kennedy — had more than 400 signatures as of Monday morning, including a number of employees with more than 30 years of DOJ service.