Trump has attempted to bolster his argument against Mueller’s probe by angrily suggesting that the Justice Department’s is unfairly biased against him and the Republican Party, due to its attempts to stop the release of an inaccurate and misleading memo which purported to reveal anti-Trump prejudices in the department.

The letter called on Congress to take action against Trump should he attempt to fire Rosenstein or Mueller—as hundreds of thousands of Americans also pledged to take to the streets in protest if he does so.

“We know the people who serve at the Department will bravely weather these attacks and continue to uphold their oaths by doing only what the law dictates,” wrote the former officials. “But it is up to the rest of us, and especially our elected representatives, to come to their defense and oppose any attempt by the President or others to improperly interfere in the Department’s work, including by firing either Mr. Mueller, Mr. Rosenstein or other Department leadership or officials for the purpose of interfering in their investigations. Should the President take such a step, we call on Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law.”

“We all took an oath to enforce the Constitution and our laws in a fair and even handed manner,” said Joyce Branda, a former deputy assistant attorney general who served in every administration since President Jimmy Carter’s, in a statement. “This is the bedrock principle of our constitutional republic: that we are a government of laws, not of men. President Trump’s shameful and baseless attacks on the Department and the Special Counsel threaten to undermine this foundational premise. The law is not a weapon in the President’s political arsenal. A President who fails to understand this and who cannot protect the Department of Justice from political interference is unfit to serve.”

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