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The Law Says President Trump Cant Just Fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller

According to reports, President Donald Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller who was appointed to lead the investigation between Trumpís campaign and Russia. Chris Ruddy, Trumpís friend and CEO of Newsmax told PBSí Judy Woodruff that Trump is considering terminating the newly appointed special counsel after reports surfaced Trump allies were turning their fire on him. Mueller has come under some criticism for his close relationship with Comey, and over the fact that he interviewed for the job of FBI director after Trump fired Comey.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney on Trumpís personal legal team, told ABC News that the president has authority to take action if he wants. But, is this true? Can Trump really act by himself and fire the special prosecutor? Isnít that the entire point of having Mueller appointedĖ to keep him independent? The law is pretty clear: Trump can not take unilateral action and fire Mueller (however, read this article to the end, there is a small wrinkle that Trump can explore).

According 8 CFR 600.7:

(d) The Special Counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the Attorney General. The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies. The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal.

ďIn this case, the Deputy Attorney General since Attorney General (Sessions) is recused, can do it, and only for good cause,Ē Norm Eisen, an attorney and fellow at the Brookings Institute explained to LawNewz.com. ďNow, Trump could order the Deputy Attorney General to do it. Something similar happened with Nixon during the Saturday Night Massacre, and both the Attorney General and the next in line refused to comply with the order. Finally after they were both fired Robert Bork complied. Of course, the result was that Nixonís end was not far away.Ē

So that would mean that Trump would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller. If he refused to do it, Trump could fire him until he found someone at the Department of Justice that would agree to fire the special prosecutor. However, there is one small caveat that could give Trumpís lawyers some wiggle room.



Shields and Brooks on Spicer stepping down, GOP health care bill fumble

I think what is just coming out on Trump is the tip of the iceberg.

There has been a steady stream of dirt for months and I don't suspect it will end soon and probably as the FBI digs deeper a lot worse crimes like money laundering, which can take months to sort out will break. Think about the Clinton probes, they went on for years and found virtually nothing. This has just started and it's like a steady stream of diarrhea and soon the toilet is going to overflow.

I really don't know how the GOP is going to be able to handle this escalating Trump scandal

The racist base who LOVES Trump is going to be pissed if the moderates start distancing themselves from Trump or party leaders start to attack him. The racist Tea Party radical types in congress in safe districts will need to stay loyal to Trump while the moderates in swing areas will need to distance themselves from him. The Republicans in swing districts may be in real danger here. If they turn on Trump they piss off the base and if they don't they piss off the moderates and any democratic voters in their districts.

Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store (White Privileged)

I am sure this has been posted before but it's really good. For anyone who has missed it.

Why Donald Trump Jr.'s emails change everything

George W. Bush Ethics Lawyer On Donald Trump Jr.: This May Be Treasonous The 11th Hour MSNBC

538 The Latest Trump-Russia Story Has The Makings Of A Blockbuster

We donít cover every Trump-Russia story here at FiveThirtyEight. Some of them can be repetitive, such as the many iterations of the now-familiar narrative around the controversial work that President Trumpís onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, did in Ukraine. Others are heavily reliant on unnamed sources or make vague claims, which means theyíre complicated to understand and hard to verify.

But The New York Timesís weekend story, which details Donald Trump Jr.ís meeting last June with a Russian lawyer from whom he hoped to receive negative information about Hillary Clinton, is significant. It has the potential to stick to the president for three reasons:

First, this meeting involved President Trumpís inner circle. Manafort and Jared Kushner joined Donald Trump Jr. at the meeting, which is important because they were two of the top officials in Trumpís presidential campaign at the time.

But this meeting also involved one of presidentís sons. The president will have trouble distancing himself from Donald Trump Jr. the way he did from Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page and others in his orbit who have publicly confirmed dealings with Russian figures. Even if the president did not attend and was not informed about this meeting, as a spokesman for his attorney told the Times, itís hard to imagine any campaign personnel who would be more closely connected to him than one of his children.

More: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-latest-trump-russia-story-has-the-makings-of-a-blockbuster/?ex_cid=538fb

Ark Encounter: 100 Million dollar fail!

I would just like to point out Trump fractured the GOP 100 times worse than Sanders did the Dems

and yet he still squeaked out a win. Had Trump barely lost in just a couple of rust-belt states, the GOP would be soul searching and blaming Trump for fracturing the GOP apart and attacking all it's candidates a MILLION times harder than Sanders attacked Hillary. Lets not forget that Hillary was firing back too. That's politics and it went on just as hard back in 2008. I remember some of the stuff between Obama and Hillary which was absolutely brutal.

By the way, this is not re-fighting the election it is in response to the Democratic candidate running against Sanders.

So with Trump dividing the GOP and winning the lesson here is that most people are comfortable with someone who isn't afraid to be a devils advocate and see if there are internal problems with party leadership. It doesn't mean they are not still for that party core values. We are a democracy and Sanders is just another voice. For heavens sake we are Democrats and getting us all to agree on something is like herding cats. We all walk to our own drum.

A candidate running against Sanders because he thinks he is hurting the party by not walking in lock step with party leadership? First of all that is going absolutely nowhere fast! He thinks that is going to be a winning strategy? You start going after Sanders because he doesn't walk in lock step with the DNC and the vast majority of folks both moderate and very liberal are going to be completely turned off to the Democratic party as having any ability to be introspective and open to a lot of different views. Once Hillary got the nomination every one I know, many who were hard core Sanders fans went out and voted a month early for Hillary and were excited as hell to vote for the first woman President. Same thing happened on the GOP side, those that hated trump and thought he was fracturing the party came out and voted for him.

Lets be real here. I know a handful of people here hate Sanders. It's like the same 15 or 20 folks who keep those threads alive and get them their 25 recommendations. Sanders is a blip on what is going on in the voting machines. He simply is nothing more than another voice who gets some media attention because he had big crowds. The vast majority of those who supported Sanders also supported Hillary! We are very close to one another. Can't we all just get along and move forward?
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