President Trump Has the Legal Authority to Sack Mueller
US President Donald Trump has the legal authority to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Thursday, law professor and former top DOJ official John Yoo said in an interview that President Donald Trump has the legal authority to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Things got very complicated this week after 2 offices, an apartment, and a hotel room tied to President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen were raided by FBI agents.
“I think President Trump has the Constitutional authority to fire Mueller just as he can any prosecutor within the federal government,”Professor Yoo said. “They all only work for him and his Constitutional duty to take care of the laws that are faithfully executed.
“A regulation by an agency cannot constrain the President’s ultimate Constitutional authority to remove all officers subordinate to him in the Justice Department.”
There have been conflicting media reports about whether a President is legally allowed to fire a special counsel.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said doing so would violate the Code of Federal Regulations.
Professor Yoo disagrees. “I think that’s wrong,” he said.
“If Congress really wants to get to the bottom of things, they’re welcome to have their own investigation and even open impeachment proceedings. But that’s the only thing the Constitution creates for the Congress to do to probe a president. Not offload it to the independent counsel Bob Mueller.”
President Trump denies his campaign colluded with Russia, but that has not prevented the investigation from dominating the MSM headlines throughout his Presidency.
Mr. Mueller’s special counsel probe began last May and to date there has been no evidence about collusion.
Editor’s Note: Professor John Yoo was the Deputy AAG in the Office of Legal Counsel from Y’s 2001-2003 during President George W. Bush’s Administration.