White House Refutes Claim Trump Will Fire Mueller (Even Though He Should)
A White House lawyer is refuting a rumor voiced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) that President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller before Christmas.
On Saturday, White House special counsel Ty Cobb told CNN that no such plans exist:
“As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel,” Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, told CNN in a statement.
Speier told KQED that she believes Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“I believe the President wants all of this shutdown,” Speier said when asked if she believed House Republicans were bowing to pressure from the White House. “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”
Loyal party member Speier, preaching the party propaganda, said if the president did fire Mueller, it would cause a constitutional crisis. “That is Saturday massacre 2.0,” she said, referring to President Richard Nixon ordering the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. “Without a doubt there would be an impeachment effort.”
You can see the full interview with Speier below.
Trump cannot fire Mueller directly but could instruct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees Mueller’s investigation to do so. Rosenstein told members of the House Judiciary Committee this week that he would only fire Mueller for “good cause,” which he says does not yet exist.
That may change given that it has been revealed that Mueller violated Federal law obtaining 10’s of thousands of emails in the course of the witch hunt.
Rosenstein also told the committee that no one, including President Trump, has asked him to fire Mueller.
When rumors swirled earlier this summer that Trump could fire Mueller, two bipartisan bills were introduced in Congress to make that more difficult by allowing a panel of three federal judges review any decision to fire a special counsel.
This is the latest chapter in Mueller’s monthslong investigation that has produced inflamed rhetoric on both sides of the political aisle.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 17th, 2017
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