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Lieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) issued a stark warning to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program White House notifies Russia that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE on Monday evening, saying there would be "widespread civic unrest" if he moved to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE

"If the president does go ahead and fire Robert Mueller, we would have people take to the streets. I believe there would be widespread civil unrest because Americans believe the rule of law is paramount," Lieu told MSNBC's Chris Hayes.  

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"I think you're going to have protests, and marches, and rallies, and sit-ins. I believe Americans would not stand for the firing of Robert Mueller," he said. 

"The president hasn't been able to point to a single thing that Robert Mueller has done wrong. There is no basis to fire him. And he would have to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMcConnell: Senate won't take up Mueller protection bill The rule-of-law party must unite around Mueller GOP chairmen extend deadline for DOJ decision to turn over 'Comey memos' MORE first in order to fire Robert Mueller."

The president has ramped up his attacks on Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference, mentioning him for the first time by name in a tweet over the weekend.  

Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, and has referred to the probes investigating the matter as a politically motivated "witch hunt."

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump's lawyers were aiming to limit the scope of a potential interview with Mueller amid fears the president would be left in a vulnerable position.