2. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Ed Perlmutter, (D) Colorado
"You know, we've had two guilty pleas, two indictments and all of a sudden the Republicans in this building have their hair on fire, wanting to close down, shut down the investigation that is ongoing. And panic mode has set in for them. So the real question is what are they afraid of? You know, what is it that's being hidden? What's being covered up here?"
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Dan Kildee, (D) Michigan
"It is important in a nation founded on the rule of law that we allow the process to complete itself, allow the facts to come to light. And if there's nothing there no one has anything to fear, but the investigation is underway. And as now facts are beginning to come to light, why is the president afraid of the facts and the truth? Why are Republicans in Congress afraid of the truth? What are they so afraid of?"
4. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Barbara Lee, (D) Texas
"But we are here to say not on our watch, Not only do we recognise that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller would trigger a constitutional crisis the likes of which we haven't seen since Watergate, the public understands that very clearly also. This step would be dangerous, it would be wrong and we will not stand for it. So I'm proud to stand with my colleagues today to send a very clear message to Republicans and to the President, that the investigation is here to stay."
5. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Jackie Speier, (D) California
"Now when you think about it. We have a president right now who has attacked the judiciary, has attacked the CIA, has attacked the FBI, and who has attacked the media. We're here to say the rule of law is very critical to us being able to continue as a democracy in this country."
6. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D) Texas
"We are getting in front of what we believe is a targeted, mean-spirited, factless effort, to fire director Mueller, to fire leadership in the FBI and certainly to undermine the FBI. I think it's a shame. It is a constitutional crisis if they think they're ever going to do that and I believe the American people will join the 171 and stand for no more from this Republican administration."
7. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. Jerry Nadler, (D) New York
"To say there's something wrong with the investigation, you have to show not that some of the people working on it may, maybe sympathetic to Democrats or sympathetic to Republicans. That's irrelevant. What you have to show is that in some way the investigation has been biased in doing this or doing or saying that, and no such allegations have been made."
8. SOUNDBITE (English): Rep. John Sarbanes, (D) Maryland
"So when they go after Robert Mueller, they're going after the American justice system and they're going after the American people. And the public needs to understand that. And that's why we need to let this man do his job for our justice system, for our democracy, for our people."