Dem lawmaker warns Trump: 'Fire Mueller and we fire you'

Dem lawmaker warns Trump: 'Fire Mueller and we fire you'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellKey House chairman cautions against remote voting, suggests other options amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Congress tiptoes toward remote voting MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday issued a straightforward warning to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE: “Fire Mueller and we fire you.”

Swalwell’s apparent suggestion that Democrats would impeach Trump if he moved to shut down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s probe came in response to Trump’s earlier tweet saying that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama postpones March 31 GOP Senate runoff Biden has broken all the 'rules' of presidential primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Defiant Sanders vows to stay in race MORE should stop the investigation.

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump wrote. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

With the Wednesday tweet, Trump escalated his attacks on the Mueller investigation, from referring to it as a “witch hunt” to publicly calling on Sessions to shut down the probe.

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Because Sessions recused himself from matters related to the investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFull appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Graham starts closed-door depositions in FISA probe Attorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself MORE is overseeing the probe.

The tweet drew immediate backlash from Trump critics, who see it as a potential example of obstruction of justice.

“Individuals of conscience who believe in rule of law should denounce this blatant effort to obstruct justice,” said former CIA Director John Brennan. “As Mr. Trump’s desperation to protect himself grows, he could turn words into actions, prompting a Constitutional crisis. Congress must warn Trump of dire consequences.”

Mueller is reportedly looking into Trump’s tweets as part of an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the tweet was not an “order” to Sessions, but rather Trump expressing his opinion.