Mark Warner on Fox News: We must protect Rosenstein, Mueller
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sat down for a live interview in Washington with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Tuesday, where he had one key message for President Trump: back off the attacks on our nation’s law enforcement.
“The President of the United States has been obsessed about this investigation from the beginning… What particularly concerns me with this President is when he makes broad-based, ad hominem attacks on, basically, the integrity of everybody at the FBI and everybody at the Department of Justice. His frustration with Mueller is creeping into attacks on our basic institutions of justice. My concern is you then in effect give license to people who say ‘maybe we shouldn’t trust any of our law enforcement, maybe we shouldn’t trust rule of law,” Sen. Warner told Cavuto.
Vice Chairman Warner also used the opportunity on the President’s favorite news channel to stress the need to protect two lifelong Republicans from his anger: Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the man overseeing that investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Responding to comments earlier in the show by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissing the need for legislation to protect the independence of the Special Counsel’s investigation, Sen. Warner said, “I disagree. If the President isn’t going to do it [fire Mueller], then let’s go ahead and make sure that the independence of Mr. Mueller – and for that matter, Mr. Rosenstein, who is supervising Mr. Mueller – that we protect those public servants. They are both, if you look at their partisan basis, they are both lifelong Republicans. I believe the rule of law ought to be followed. This President sends out very unusual signals, to say the least, when he attacks the FBI, attacks the Justice Department, attacks these investigations. If there is not going to be a firing, let’s make sure we maintain that independence.”