As Trump threatens to fire Mueller, legal questions abound


The president and his allies have accused Mr. Rosenstein of stonewalling Congress and allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to stray beyond its scope.

"I'm afraid that they will not protect Mueller and will not hold the president accountable if he fired Mueller or Rosenstein", Swalwell said.

Trump's outburst raised concerns among critics and lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, that he might try to have Mueller removed. "9:00 P.M. on @FoxNews". If Mr. Rosenstein refuses, Mr. Trump can fire him and replace him with someone willing to do the dirty work.

"The fact is Rod Rosenstein has not done his job".

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A writer of regulations that are now in Trump's way of dismissing Mueller, former Solicitor General Neal Katyal, has been at the forefront of those who say he has the constitutional power to fire Mueller at peril of ending his presidency through the very public and suspicious repeal of those regulations.

Former FBI special agent, lawyer, and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said the same thing on CNN Wednesday morning. "Everything about this is legally uncertain", Jack Goldsmith, who was an assistant attorney general in George W. Bush's administration and is now a professor at Harvard Law School, told me.

Trump's threats against Mueller have intensified in recent weeks, as the special counsel's investigation ramps up. "I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process", Trump tweeted.

Bannon's campaign hasn't necessarily included direct conversations with Trump himself. Nevertheless, the probe has become a thorny issue for the president.

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Right now, Mueller has to get approval for most actions from Rosenstein.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday on Fox Business News: "It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller".

Longtime Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen taped conversations with associates, The Washington Post reported Thursday, raising fears among allies the recordings were seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents when they raided Cohen's offices Monday. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!"

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Monday evening that the raid raises the stakes for Trump - and that the president is likely to be angrier and act more "impulsively ... than he has been so far".

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As such, Democrats - and even some Republicans - have warned that going after top federal law enforcement officials could trigger what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called a "constitutional crisis". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wrote on Twitter.