Dem lawmaker: People will 'rot in hell' for attacking Mueller and Comey

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill Strength in Unity: A lesson on civility and cooperation from Ireland MORE (D-Conn.) said that people "will rot in hell" for attacking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Brennan rips Trump on Twitter about what it means to be 'presidential' Is the ‘Ferguson Effect’ to blame for the carnage in Chicago? Dangers to the First Amendment if foreign campaign dirt is criminal MORE.

Himes gave an impassioned defense of both Mueller and Comey on CNN’s “At This Hour” Friday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE attacked both men.

“This is all part and parcel of the attempt that the White House is making to besmirch Robert Mueller, a decorated war hero,” Himes said of Trump’s disparaging comments.

“So yes, let’s have that conversation about whether Jim Comey [erred] over the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE thing, but people will rot in hell for for besmirching the reputation, the integrity and the professional history of these two men," he said.

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He said that those going after Mueller and Comey were “using the apparatus of the White House” and the Republican Party to “trash the integrity of a good man.”

“When those tools get used to trash the integrity of two good men, this country’s gone over a cliff,” Himes said.

Trump has slammed Mueller's probe into ties between his campaign and Russia as a "witch hunt" and has raised the possibility of firing Mueller.

The New York Times reported last week that Trump had attempted to fire Mueller last year over a news report that the special counsel was seeking the president's financial records, but backed off after Mueller's team told the White House that the report was inaccurate.

Trump also lashed out at Comey in a pair of tweets early Friday after excerpts of Comey's new book disparaging Trump were released.