Maxine Waters rips Republican efforts to undermine the Mueller investigation

"We will not stand by and allow Fox News and right-wing Republicans to defy the rule of law."

Published December 23, 2017 9:59AM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNetRep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was joined by 171 fellow Democrats at a press conference in defense of special counsel Robert Mueller. Many fear President Trump is planning to fire Mueller amid his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

“We have decided we will not stand by and allow Fox News and right-wing Republicans to defy the rule of law and create their own rules to interfere with a legitimate investigation under the Constitution of the United States,” Waters said. "We will be vigorously working to deny the brazen attempts to destroy special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation."

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed by congressional Democrats, Waters demanded that the Justice Department do a better job to ensure Mueller's ability to complete his investigation "unfettered by political influence or threats to his authority.”

“Despite Special Counsel Mueller’s record of integrity, the right-wing media, some Republican Members of Congress and Donald Trump, himself, have attempted to advance a false narrative that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is biased, and some have advocated for Mr. Mueller’s removal," the letter continued.

Watch the House Democrats' press conference below.

By Chris Sosa

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