In a tweet on Wednesday that critics characterized as a “very blatant” threat to obstruct justice by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe—President Donald Trump suggested for the second time in less than a week to that he may decide to “get involved” with the Justice Department if it doesn’t meet his demands.
Trump’s tweet comes a day after reports indicated that Trump’s far-right allies in the House of Representatives have drafted articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, accusing him of failing to comply with a congressional requests for more information about the Justice Department’s Russia probe.
During a question and answer session in Washington on Tuesday, Rosenstein responded to the leaked impeachment articles, saying that “there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time, and I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”
The tweet on Wednesday aligns with reporting by Axios’ Mike Allen earlier in the day which cited sources very close to the president to say Trump was likely ready to go on “offense” regarding the Mueller probe.
“For the average human, nothing scares them more than legal issues. He. Does. Not. Care,” one source told Axios. “His whole adult life has been spent in litigation. He’s not afraid of high-stakes legal stuff.…He’s just going to start swinging and knock people’s heads off.”
Norm Eisen, former White House ethics official and chair of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, wrote on Wednesday that Trump’s tweet shows he is “triangulating with the impeach Rosenstein crowd” by amplifying their attacks.
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