How Trump Could Fire Mueller

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How Trump Could Fire Mueller
By Federal Bureau of Investigation [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Now that the attacks on the criminal investigation involving him have intensified to the point where President Donald Trump is criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name, there is speculation that Trump will try to remove Mueller in order to halt the investigation.

Virtually all experts have said that Trump can do this in only one of two ways: (1) either by firing Rod Rosenstein, the person everyone agrees has the power to remove Mueller, and then replacing him with someone willing to remove Mueller from office, or (2) by getting Attorney General Jeff Sessions out of office by increasing the pressure on him or firing him, and then appointing a new attorney general who can undertake that task since he will not have to recuse himself.

Similarly, Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who was involved in drafting the regulations under which Mueller was appointed, explained that there are only two paths by which Mueller could be fired. First, President Trump “would have to direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller” for some form of misconduct that rises to the level of “good cause.” Second, “Trump could order the special-counsel regulations repealed and then fire Mueller himself.”

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