Sally Yates warns Trump not to fire Rosenstein: 'No one is above the law'
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Former acting Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesSally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult MORE ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE in a rare tweet on Saturday, warning him not to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE.

Yates wrote that firing Rosenstein would effectively be the same as firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, since Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

"Make no mistake about what’s at stake here: firing Rosenstein would be the same unconscionable assault on the rule of law as firing Mueller," she wrote. "He controls scope of the Mueller investigation and what becomes public. Both D’s and R’s should reject sham excuses to fire Rosenstein." 

"And you can’t fire a prosecutor because you’re unhappy he approved a search warrant that relates to your own conduct," she added in a second tweet. "No one is above the law." 

Speculation has been building that Trump may be preparing to fire Rosenstein in response to the FBI raid on the office and hotel room of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, which Rosenstein personally signed off on. The deputy attorney general is the only person with the authority to fire Mueller. 


Rosenstein has reportedly been telling people that he is prepared to be fired.

Yates, a harsh critic of Trump, also said Friday that if Trump does not sit down for an interview with Mueller, he does not "have the moral authority to lead."

Trump fired Yates soon after taking office after she refused to uphold his controversial travel ban executive order.