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 SwalwellChris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case House intelligence briefing on worldwide threat assessment delayed MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday issued a straightforward warning to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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) Swan 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 Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' Barr back on the hot seat McCabe: 'I don't think I will ever be free of this president and his maniacal rage' 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 RosensteinGraham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts 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.