President Donald Trump will face a “firestorm” if he fires special counselor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to one Democratic senator. The first is that because Comey confirmed last Thursday that Trump wasn’t personally under investigation during the early weeks of his presidency - before Comey’s firing - there’s no good reason for Mueller’s investigation to continue.
The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, responded forcefully by saying Mueller would be brought back “immediately”.
York’s case overlooks that Mueller, who was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 by Republican President George W. Bush, is widely respected on both sides of the aisle and was viewed as an impeccable choice by no less than Newt Gingrich at the time of his selection as special counsel last month. “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment”, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR.
“Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing”.
Republicans in Congress are also shaking off the notion that Trump could fire Mueller.
“I think that Mueller shouldn’t have taken the position”, Ruddy said, “if he was under consideration and had a private conversation with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau”.
“Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately”, Rosenstein said.
Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was FBI director and Comey was deputy attorney general.
At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.
With its echoes of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, firing Mueller sounds like an insane, nearly suicidal proposition.