On Tuesday, President Trump’s conflict with Robert Mueller escalated to all new heights. The White House formally declared that President Donald Trump has the full legal authority to dismiss the special counsel.
“He certainly believes that he has the power to do so,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary. She further added that Trump has yet not taken any actions of firing him.
“There are no conversations or discussions about removing Mr. Mueller,” said Hogan Gidley, the deputy press secretary of White House.
Sanders stated that President Trump believes Robert Mueller has “gone too far” when the FBI agents performed a search on President Donald Trump’s personal attorney’s office.
Furthermore, Sanders said the White House is investigating whether President Trump could terminate Robert Mueller in the absence of Rosenstein’s approval. Trump is seeking guidance from “individuals in the legal community,” like renown Harvard lawyer, Allen Dershowitz, and from the Justice Department officers.
“We’ve been advised that the President certainly has the power to make that decision,” a representative stated.
President Donald Trump raised the possibility of firing Mueller by saying ”many people have said” he should fire Mueller. However, he gave a little indication about whether he intends to follow through.
“We’ll see what happens,” said President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, when reporters asked Sanders whether President Donald Trump has vocalized to people about terminating Mueller, Sanders replied that she has not mentioned the topic with the President.
“I can’t speak beyond that,” Sanders said.
Chuck Grassley (Republican – Iowa), the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman stated in his interview with CNN on Tuesday “it would be suicide for the President to fire him.”
“I have made my views public, and I hope he’s listening to those of us who say it would be a mistake,” stated Whip John Cornyn, Senate Republican of Texas.
Mitch McConnell (Republican – Kentucky), the Senate Majority Leader claimed legislation to protect Robert Mueller was pointless as cooler heads would succeed.
“I haven’t seen a clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed because I don’t think that’s going to happen, and that remains my view,” said McConnell to the reporters. “It’s still my view that Mueller should be allowed to finish his job. I think that’s the view of most people in Congress.”
Supporters of President Donald Trump were encouraging him on, stating that they will understand if he took required steps to fire the officials at Department of Justice. Republicans realize that this action can ignite a constitutional crisis.
“I understand the president’s frustration with the hypocrisy playing out at the Department of Justice.” said freshman Representative Matt Gaetz (Republican – Florida) “Frankly, it would be warranted if we made changes at the very top of the Department of Justice.”
“I think there is a sufficient basis to fire Rosenstein in particular, and likely the attorney general for not doing his job,” he further added.
This suggestion shocked some Republicans.
“If the President were to fire the deputy attorney general, that would be an extraordinary crisis and a real problem, and I just don’t think he’s going to do it,” stated Senator Susan Collins (Republican -Maine).