Schiff calls on Rosenstein not to step down

Schiff calls on Rosenstein not to step down
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls Schiff asks Pence to declassify more material from official's testimony Schiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said 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 should not step down from his post voluntarily following reports he was going to be fired or resign Monday morning. 

Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel that had been conducting the lower chamber’s now-concluded Russia investigation, argued Rosenstein’s departure could compromise 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’s independent probe into Russia's election interference.

“Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign,” Schiff tweeted Monday. “This would place the Mueller investigation in even greater jeopardy. Rosenstein should continue to do his job, protect the independence of the DOJ, and if the President intends to obstruct justice, force Trump to fire him.” 

The news of Rosenstein’s potential departure from the Department of Justice comes in the wake of a recent New York Times report alleging he discussed wearing wires to secretly record President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE and debated invoking the 25th Amendment with top cabinet officials.

Rosenstein denied the report, calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

Rosenstein in a statement also said that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment" based on his dealings with Trump.