Blumenthal says firing Rosenstein would be a 'assault on our democracy'

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Monday that it would be an "assault" on U.S. democracy is President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE moved to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE

"Firing Rod Rosenstein would be an assault on our democracy, a break the glass moment, and our own colleagues have promised that there would be a firestorm of condemnation that would hopefully persuade the president [that] he would be wrong," Blumenthal told Hill.TV. 

"My hope is that Republican colleagues rise to that challenge. Certainly, on our side, the denunciation would be loud and clear, he continued. 

Blumenthal's comments come ahead of a Thursday meeting between President Trump and Rosenstein that could determine the future of his post overseeing the federal probe into Russian election meddling. 

The White House said on Monday that the two had an “extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories." 

Conflicting reports surfaced that Rosenstein was either resigning or expected to be fired as he met with White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

The meeting came days after the New York Times reported Rosenstein spoke about wearing a wire to record the president as part of an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment. 

Trump has frequently attacked Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE for recusing himself from the Russia probe and has called the investigation led by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE a "witch hunt."

— Julia Manchester