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 TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE moved to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' 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 SessionsLewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE for recusing himself from the Russia probe and has called the investigation led by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE a "witch hunt."

— Julia Manchester