House Democrats on Tuesday filed a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking him to halt any investigation of the president.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff said Rosenstein has the power to shut down the Mueller investigation if he finds it too damaging to his reputation to do so.
“We have no doubt that the deputy attorney general is acting in good faith to protect the president’s reputation and integrity,” Schiff said in a statement.
“While I do not expect a determination from Rosenstein by the end of the day, we remain concerned that the president is undermining the rule of law and undermining our constitutional system by using his position of trust to block the special counsel from undertaking the work that the American people deserve.”
President Donald Trump’s Justice Department announced Tuesday it has opened an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The move follows the Justice Department’s announcement last month that the Justice Intelligence Committee had opened a separate investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election.
Trump fired Mueller in May, a decision he said was made because he believes the special prosecutor is not fit to investigate the president and that the Russia investigation was not properly handled.