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Lawmaker Dares Trump To Fire Russian Scandal Investigator

A Democratic congressman recalled the downfall of former President Richard Nixon in issuing a warning to the Trump administration on Wednesday.

According to The Hill, Rep. Ted Lieu of California said during a speech on the House floor that Trump should consider what happened to Nixon after he fired federal prosecutors who were investigating the Watergate scandal. The former president, facing probable impeachment, was forced to resign. Lieu suggested that the current commander-in-chief could meet the same fate if he decides to sack Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel probing allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in last year’s election.

Lieu argued that before Trump could fire Mueller, he would have to dismiss a pair of Republicans: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. The congressman said neither official would comply with a presidential order to fire the special counsel. “He’d then have to find a third person, anyone, to fire Robert Mueller,” Lieu explained. “Well, that’s exactly what Richard Nixon did in the Saturday Night Massacre, when he fired three Justice Department officials because at first they would not fire their investigator against Richard Nixon.”

The lawmaker added: “So if Donald Trump wants to take the first footsteps of Richard Nixon, he’s certainly welcome to try. But it will not end well for him.” In the so-called “massacre,” on Oct. 20, 1973, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than granting Nixon’s request that they fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Nixon finally persuaded Solicitor General Robert Bork, whom the Senate later refused to put on the Supreme Court, to get rid of Cox.

Lieu predicted that if Trump fires Mueller, massive public protests would ensue. “If you think that the Women’s March was large, wait until you see what happens if the president actually tries to take these unconstitutional and … criminal actions,” he said.

Trump continues to insist that he has no intention of removing Mueller, even though he has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt” by Democrats upset about the election. When reporters recently asked whether he was thinking about firing Mueller, the president replied: “No, I’m not.” One of Trump’s lawyers, Ty Cobb, declared last week that “as the White House has repeatedly and emphatically said for months, there is no consideration at the White House of terminating the special counsel.”

However, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California recently told KQED News: “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”

The special counsel’s investigation is getting closer to Trump’s inner circle, including members of his family. Mueller already has filed criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, for allegedly lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts; and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who worked for a Ukrainian leader allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser and Trump’s son-in-law, also is a target of the Justice Department probe.

Source: The Hill
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