President Donald Trump will face a "firestorm" if he fires special counselor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to one Democratic senator.
If Trump fires Mueller "there will be a firestorm, much like there was in the wake of the 'Saturday Night Massacre' in the Watergate era and that we will see legislation," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.
"In the Senate — I can't speak for the House — there would be sufficient support, I believe, for some kind of independent counsel, probably through a three-judge court, maybe limited to this investigation, but some kind of special counsel," he added.
"My view is that subpoenas should be issued right away for all the tapes that may exist, even to establish that they don't exist, subpoenas should be issued right away and to preserve their existence," Blumenthal said, referring to Trump's tweet that former FBI Director James Comey "better hope there are no 'tapes' of our conversations."
"I want a commitment from Jeff Sessions that he will not oppose those subpoenas on behalf of the president through the Justice Department. I also want a commitment from Jeff Sessions that he will resign if the president of the United States fires Bob Mueller," the senator continued.
"I think it's a matter of fundamental conscience. Republicans on the committee should cooperate in defending Bob Mueller, this investigation under the special prosecutor should be bipartisan. I called for it some months ago. It is key to uncovering the truth."
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