Tim Weiner, historian and FBI expert, called out Donald Trump on Friday while being interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Weiner said that Trump “does not understand the rule of law” at all.
The historian told Maddow that it is lawfully impossible for Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller because he can only be dismissed by the person who appointed him, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Trump doesn’t understand that, but Weiner did say how it would be possible for Trump to get rid of Mueller.
Trump would have to fire both Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein and replace them with a pair of “useful idiots” if he wanted to succeed in firing Mueller. But that wouldn’t do Trump any good as the FBI would simply pick up the investigation where Mueller left off.
“There are so many ways in which to block this from happening,” Weiner said, “in the Senate, in the courts, that the president would essentially have to say, ‘The rules and the laws that have governed American democracy since the 18th century are over. I’m the king. I get to say what happens. I am the law and Bobby Mueller isn’t.”
“The president does not understand what the rule of law is,” Weiner said.
In his days as a real estate mogul, Trump “flouted the law,” he said, “and now he’s under the mistaken impression that he’s above it and the FBI is there to do his bidding.”
Watch the interview below:
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