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

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDem rep: Nunes actions make US ‘profoundly less safe’ Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post Dem lawmaker: People will 'rot in hell' for attacking Mueller and Comey 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 ComeyTrump legal team seeking to limit scope of Mueller interview: report FBI source in Russia probe raises alarms over political surveillance On Trump and DOJ, both liberals and conservatives are missing the point MORE.

Himes gave an impassioned defense of both Mueller and Comey on CNN’s “At This Hour” Friday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Zucker: Trump 'secretly watching CNN' all day and night GOP candidate behind 'Deportation Bus' loses in gubernatorial bid Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ 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 ClintonDem targeted by party establishment loses Texas primary Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ Trump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win 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.