“And I’m highly confident that he would refuse to abide that order,” Comey said.
Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, inherited the oversight of the Justice Department’s investigation, and later the special counsel probe into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election and any potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating matters related to the presidential campaign.
Comey told ABC News that if Trump were to fire the special counsel, it would “set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law.”
“And it would be something that our entire country — again, Democrats and Republican — that is higher than all the normal fights about policy,” Comey said in the interview with ABC News that aired Sunday. ” And it would be to the everlasting shame of partisans if they were unable to see that higher level and to protect it.”