There has been fevered concern among the detractors of President Donald Trump that he will eventually fire Robert Mueller, who is leading the special counsel investigation into matters related to the 2016 election that Trump has described as a baseless “witch hunt.”
Though Trump has repeatedly dismissed rumors that he intends to fire Mueller, doing so would not be without precedent and may not be as politically damaging as some have assumed.
A soon-to-be published book titled “Prosecuting The President” lays out several examples in American history where presidents had fired and/or survived special prosecutor investigations that veered too close to the White House, without suffering much in the way of legal or political fallout for the decision.
“If the president feels that he can fire Mueller or undermine his investigation without paying a substantial political price, he clearly has the power to do it,” wrote author Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor.
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