Democratic leadership on Friday sent a letter to President Trump warning him that using a controversial GOP-crafted classified memo to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would create a “constitutional crisis” not seen since Watergate.
“We write to inform you that we would consider such an unwarranted action as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation. Firing Rod Rosenstein, [Department of Justice] Leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre,” the top Democrats wrote.
The Hill added:
The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a previously classified memo accusing senior officials at the Department of Justice of inappropriately using a piece of opposition research into then-candidate Trump to obtain surveillance warrants on transition team members as part of the federal investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
The release came roughly an hour after the White House said Trump signed off on the memo’s release without redactions despite fierce objection from the FBI, which argued it contained “material omissions.”
Democrats argue the memo is meant to undercut Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign by using “cherry-picked” facts that lack context.
“The decision to release a partisan and misleading memo … was a transparent attempt to discredit the hard-working men and women of law enforcement who are investigating Russia’s interference with our Presidential election and that nation’s ties to your campaign,” Democrats said in the letter to Trump.
They added that they are “alarmed by reports that you may intend to use this misleading document as a pretext to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in an effort to corruptly influence or impede Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation.”