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Former DOJ officials urge GOP Congress to act 'swiftly and forcefully' if Trump fires Mueller

WASHINGTON - JUNE 25:  FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters June 25, 2008 in Washington, DC. The news conference was to mark the 5th anniversary of Innocence Lost initiative.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Everyone except Republican lawmakers appears to be girding for the possibility that Donald Trump will move to squelch the special counsel investigation by firing or otherwise hamstringing Robert Mueller. The New York Times editorial board warned on Sunday, “The president is not above the law,” and more than 400 former Justice Department officials have now signed on to petition urging the GOP-led Congress to protect “the foundational principles of our Republic” if Trump makes such a move. The Hill writes:

The former DOJ officials wrote in a statement published Friday that it is up to Congress to oppose any attempt made by the president to interfere in the DOJ’s work, including firing Mueller or deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

“Should the President take such a step, we call on Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law,” the DOJ officials wrote. […]

“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 officials wrote.

Everyone needs to be ready to do their part to ensure that Congress moves in the event that Trump takes matters into his own hands. One way to do that is to sign up for action alerts at the MoveOn initiative No One Is Above The Law. As the Times noted, that includes Trump.

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