‘Mueller Will Take Legal Action If Trump Tries To Fire Him’, Ex-Federal Prosecutor Says
Robert Mueller won’t go down without a fight. That was the assertion of former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman as he addressed the increasingly loud rumors that Donald Trump intends to fire the special counsel investigating the Russia election interference and the potential obstruction of justice by the president. Waxman comments came during a Monday interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber.
Melber pointed out that Justice Department regulations stipulate that attorneys general can only fire special counsels if they’re found guilty of “misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of departmental policies.”
Waxman, who spent 13 years in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. replied that “if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein changes his mind or is compelled by Trump to fire Mueller, it would likely trigger litigation.”
“If and when that happens,” Waxman continued, members of Mueller’s team would have “standing under the law” to argue that the special counsel’s firing is “arbitrary and capricious,” which could lead to court review. That process could take months to move through courts. And during that review, Mueller’s investigation could continue mostly unhindered, Waxman said.
Melber asked Waxman if Mueller and his attorneys would be ready to “fight this out” if he is removed from office, to which Waxman replied, “I have little doubt of that.”
“Bob Mueller and his team are very sophisticated lawyers at the top of their game and I think they’ve thought through many of these different avenues,” Waxman concluded. “If it did come to that, I think there would be legal challenges.”
Watch the exchange in the video below, via MSNBC: