Justice Dept. alums sign letter in support of Mueller, Rosenstein

Justice Dept. alums sign letter in support of Mueller, Rosenstein
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More than 200 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter expressing support for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Rosenstein faces Trump showdown Solicitor general could take over Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits MORE amid speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE could soon move to dismiss them.

"Many of us served with Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein," the letter reads. "Those of us who served with these men know them to be dedicated public servants committed to these principles."

The letter, signed by former Justice Department officials who served under presidents ranging from John F. Kennedy to Trump, also voices concern with Trump's attacks on federal law enforcement officials. 

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"Not only is it an insult to their public service, but any attempt to corrupt or undermine the even-handed application of the rule of law threatens the foundation of our Republic," the letter reads.

As of Saturday afternoon, the letter had been signed by 245 former officials.

The letter comes as speculation swirls that Trump could soon move to dismiss Rosenstein, who is charged with overseeing the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump has also bristled at Mueller's role in the Russia investigation, and has reportedly sought, at least twice, to remove him from office. 

The president bridled this week at the news that FBI agents had raided the hotel room and office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, calling the search a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country."

The raid was conducted after federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant based in part on a referral from Mueller.

Prosecutors revealed in court documents this week that Cohen has been the subject of a criminal investigation for months. The New York Times reported Friday that Trump's advisers have become increasingly worried that the corruption probe involving Cohen could pose more of a threat to Trump's presidency than the Russia investigation.