“All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told MSNBC Friday. “And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then [get] special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) echoed Lieu’s sentiments, saying that Congress would come together to make sure they overrule Trump’s authority on the matter.
“Congress will not allow the president to so egregiously overstep his authority,” Schiff said in a statement.
“If President Trump were to try to replicate [former President Richard] Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him–without respect to party, and for the sake of the nation,” he added.
“The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office,” Feinstein said in a statement.
The problem is the Democrats all think that the Department of Justice is not an extension and a wholly independent branch of government from the Executive Branch. That belief is absolutely wrong. But it fits into their pattern of absolute ignorance on the Constitution, given that they have demonstrated this fact repeatedly over the years.
President Trump cannot obstruct an investigation because he’s invested with the power of the pardon. If he really wanted to stop an investigation, he’d just pardon the individual the FBI, Congress, etc. is investigating. In addition, because the Department of Justice is not an independent branch of the government and serves at the whim of the chief executive, President Trump CAN order them to investigate or NOT investigate whatever they want.
The power the President of the United States has over the Department of Justice did not end when Donald Trump took the oath of office, no matter how much the Democrats stomp their feet, hold their breath, and scream into the emptiness. President Trump can do what he likes with whatever investigation those under him conduct.
In fact, he should let the investigation continue, just order Mueller to expand it to Barack Obama and to his and his subordinates’ attempts to hack into the state election centers.
He should order Mueller to investigate Hillary Clinton for her collusion with the news media and polling organizations to tilt the election to her favor.
He should order Mueller to investigate into the Democrat National Committee actions surrounding the Seth Rich murder case. He may also include the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton campaign staff as well.
He should order Mueller to investigate into the last attorney general and her corruption.
He can’t refuse unless he resigns.
6/18/2017 – Grammar correction made