Is there a crisis brewing at the Department of Justice that would be precipitated by the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Is President Donald Trump setting the stage to relieve Attorney General Jeff Sessions of his position? Would that be followed up by the firing of the special counsel? Who would step up as temporary Attorney General and would there be a round of resignations that followed such an action by the President? What would be the political costs for the President and is he willing to pay them, or daring enough to think he could pull that off? Read on for more info on these questions.
As Written By Kevin Daley for the Daily Caller:
The prospect of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ dismissal seems especially high, as President Trump disparages his longtime loyalist in daily tweets and refuses to say whether he has confidence in his leadership.
The most dangerous scenario attending this unprecedented situation, however, would be if Trump fired Sessions as part of a broader push to oust special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Such a scheme could precipitate a wave of departures at the highest levels of the Justice Department, where Trump’s repeated knocks have leveled morale.
If Trump dismisses Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will likely become acting AG, though BuzzFeed News’ Chris Geidner notes, Trump could install any Senate confirmed official in the post on a temporary basis.
Rosenstein is a career Justice Department official who commands the support of the bureaucracy and lawmakers of both parties. He is also the officer who appointed Mueller as special counsel. The prospect that he would dismiss him, therefore, seems exceedingly low. As such, it seems most likely that he would resign if ordered to fire Mueller………..
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