As Trump threatens to fire Mueller, legal questions abound

"We'll see what happens

The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump's attorney caused the President's team to back off presenting a proposal they were preparing for special counsel Robert Mueller about an interview with the President, according to sources familiar with the matter.

"Trump could keep firing people down the chain of command until he found someone willing to fire Mueller", Kent said. GOP senators overwhelmingly say they do not believe Trump will fire Mueller, and some have warned that Congress getting involved could make the situation worse by raising tensions.

His longtime lawyer is being investigated in Manhattan; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is facing scrutiny by prosecutors in Brooklyn; his former campaign chairman is under indictment; his former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying; and a pair of former campaign aides are cooperating with Mr. Mueller. "We've been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision", she said, responding to questions about the president's legal ability to fire Mueller.

Firing Mueller would be a nightmare for the Trump White House. "I think it would provoke some sort of reaction by Congress".

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, asked if legislation is necessary to prevent Mueller from being dismissed, said "no, because I don't think the president's going to do it - and do you think the president would sign that legislation?" Passing such legislation would address some concerns that Trump could repeal the regulations as one path to remove Mueller.

"There would be serious repercussions", said Sen. "And many people have said, 'You should fire him.' Again, they found nothing".

"Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I'd like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today", the California Republican said in a statement.

The newspaper previously reported in January that the president sought to fire Mueller in June shortly after he took over the investigation into Russian election interference.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' dispute with Depuity Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to de-escalate Wednesday after Nunes was given access to the document that kicked off the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Other than firing Rosenstein, Trump could fire Sessions, with the expectation that Sessions's successor would seize control of the case from Rosenstein. "We've been having ongoing discussions for the last nine months", he said. But Monday's search warrants for Cohen's offices may have been a tipping point, and Trump is now reportedly deciding whether or not to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "No Collusion, so they go insane!", the president tweeted Wednesday morning.

"If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him", Trump wrote in the tweet. "The investigation is critical to the health of our democracy and must be allowed to continue", he said. Until a new associate attorney general is named and confirmed by the Senate, the next in line to fill Rosenstein's role is the solicitor general, Noel J. Francisco.

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