The possible ouster of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is “another step that would be evidence” toward concluding that President Donald Trump has obstructed justice, House Judiciary Committee Democratic member Jerry Nadler told CNN on Monday.
The New York representative said he fears “this is the next step in a slowly evolving, slow motion Saturday Night Massacre in which the president is getting rid of all the people who are involved in initiating or carrying out the investigation of obstruction of justice by him.”
Nadler reiterated that “This started with the firing of [FBI Director James] Comey, the firing of [FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, the incessant attacks on Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions, the incessant attacks on the FBI and people like Bruce Ohr, on others. Incessant attacks on the institutions that we depend on to do our police work and to protect the integrity of our system.”
When asked if firing Rosenstein would be reason to impeach Trump, Nadler answered that “The question isn’t whether firing Rosenstein is an impeachable move. The president has the right to fire Rosenstein... The question is, do the entire series of actions… amount to an attempt at obstruction of justice? And that’s the judgment that will have to be made.”
When Nadler was asked if special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe would be shut down if Rosenstein is gone, the New York Democrat said he did not think it would be done so blatantly, but “the danger is that whoever supervises Mueller could act in such a way so as to impede that investigation in different ways.
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