Top Intel Dem: Congress won't allow Trump to 'so egregiously overstep his authority'

Top Intel Dem: Congress won't allow Trump to 'so egregiously overstep his authority'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSunday shows preview: Scaramucci makes TV debut as new communication chief Two dozen Dems urge TIllerson to keep State's cyber division House briefed on anti-ISIS campaign progress MORE (D-Calif.) ripped President Trump for his criticism of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday, saying that if Trump were to try to fire Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress would “unite to stop him.”

"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,” the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee 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.”

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Schiff’s statement follows reports that Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice by Mueller as part of his broader investigation into potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. 

Trump fired back at those reports on Twitter Friday, seeming to attack Rosenstein. He tweeted that he was “being investigated” for firing former FBI Director James Comey “by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director,” an apparent reference to Rosenstein. 

Schiff said Thursday that the House Intelligence Committee should include an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey as part of its broader investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

“I think it needs to be part of the investigation,” he said. “Congress has to get to the bottom of whether anybody is interfering or obstructing any investigation in any way.”