How Trump Can Fire Mueller

Former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr told CBS’s Margaret Brennan that President Trump has every right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if he wanted.

Partial transcript as follows:

BRENNAN: Well, we also know that Bob Mueller’s team is talking with the president’s own attorneys about getting the chance to interview him. You faced some of these questions when you were dealing with then-President Clinton. I think you went to him something like six times. You ended up having to subpoena before ultimately he agreed to sit down.

If you were consulting with President Trump’s lawyers, would you advise him to sit with counsel, and sit with Bob Mueller?

STARR: I think they’d better be cautious. And I think they are being cautious. First, we have to remember, this is the president of the United States, and this is an authorized law enforcement investigation. So that makes the situation unique. Looking at it simply from the perspective of a defense lawyer, you never want your client, unless you have an extraordinarily high level of confidence, to be exposed in this way.

So there are only two perspectives here, the president, you’re talking to the president of the United States, but he also is the — at least the subject of a serious investigation. So I think caution is the rule of thumb here.

BRENNAN: But an obligation — is there an obligation on his part to sit and answer these questions?

STARR: I think there may be a moral obligation, frankly, because he is the president of the United States. And unless he takes very decisive action, such as directing the firing of the special council. And there’s been no suggestion to my knowledge that that’s in the offing at all.

Then —

BRENNAN: But you believe he could?

STARR: Oh, yes, the president clearly has the authority to direct the firing, if not a direct firing himself.

BRENNAN: What would that signify to you?

STARR: It would be, I think, but it’s a political question, I don’t think it’s obstruction of justice. And I disagree with those who seem to find obstruction of justice in almost anything that the president has done. But it certainly would be, I think, a political firefight of — of the highest order because you have people in both parties saying, this is an authorized investigation, let it run its course.


  • Jorg37

    Firing Mueller, or at least trying to do so, would be the ultimate proof that Donald Trump has some very serious things to hide!

    • daveveselenak

      That’s hilarious but expected coming from either a useful idiotic politically naive stooge or a comrade in arms; you look to me as the latter – take a hike commie!

    • regulus30

      you my friend are an idiot.

    • Steven Earle

      No proof is no proof sir, ultimate or otherwise. Not that it matters to Trump haters who need no proof at all to conclude he is guilty of something, anything, while Hillary, in spite of overwhelming evidence of wrong doing is given a pass. How can anyone who believes in equal justice under the law reconcile that?

      • Hillary is guilty as hell and Rod Rosenstein knows evidence if he ever publishes the IG’s report will blow the lid off the and he and his cronies will be prosecuted
        Rosenstein is a low level Obama lackey.

        • Steven Earle

          Agree!

      • Jorg37

        Absolutely laughable how gullible and easily fooled some people are, swallowing Trump’s lies without thinking.

        • Steven Earle

          Not as laughable as those who swallow Obama and Hillary’s lies and then still defend them when undeniable evidence exposes their unlawful and criminal actions.

    • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

      Are you crazy? Muleface has 1.4 million documents. He has tormented most ALL
      of President Trump’s inner circle. He has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a
      witch hunt started by the last administration. If Mueller has not found anything by
      this time, there is no there there. Mueller is spinning his wheels and this fiasco
      should have ended long before now. Everything he has discovered has pointed
      to none other than Hillary and the Obama administration. Mueller is no saint either.
      Yet, and still, the guilty all run around free, still doing their damage to law enforcement
      in America. That is the shame of it all.

      • Rod

        Yes, and muleface just sees the chance to earn big bucks for endless BS.

      • Well said.

      • Jorg37

        Isn’t it obvious that Trump is scared witless about what Mueller will find, or in all likelihood, – already has found?! Trump knows what he is trying to hide, – and Mueller does as well! His supporters are out for a shock, – yet, the most intellectually challenged among them will be in denial.

        • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

          Dims are the MK ULTRA, brainwashed, idiots, who keep living in denial.
          Isn’t it the least bit curious how this investigation started? It was a
          fake news dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton. It was with foreign spies.
          It was with phony baloney stuff all the way around. It still continues
          with a power mad Muleface out to overthrow our government. Our
          President is doing a miraculous job despite all of his haters and
          detractors. No other President in our national history has had this
          constant, acid rain, of hatred 24/7 from everyone. He has been a
          huge success in spite of it all. He is fearless, and knows the truth
          about who the guilty parties are. Your last statement is very true of
          the libs who are spoon fed daily from the fake news indoctrinations..

          • Jorg37

            My goodness, how naive and gullible you are! Don’t 18 indictments and 5 guilty pleas say anything about where the Mueller investigation is going?

          • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

            Still, no wrongdoing on our President’s part.
            Muleface is indicting anyone he can on Trump’s side and ignoring
            the multitude of criminal acts on Obama’s and Hillary’s part.
            He makes up crimes for 13 Russians and now is scrambling to
            find evidence where there is none. I find that very stupid, and
            time and money wasting, like the rest of this never ending witch
            hunt. He looks for crimes and evidence that are not there.

          • Jorg37

            Absolutely incredible how naive and gullible you people can be, refusing to acknowledge what’s so obvious to the rest of us, – you know, the thinking, educated part of the population. The latest suit of the criminal Trump Foundation is just the tip of the iceberg. Still blind sided?

          • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

            You have no sense whatsoever.
            No point in going any further with the brainwashed.

          • Jorg37

            The usual escape when you realize you have lost and are out of arguments.

          • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

            I’m not lost. I know the truth of this matter.
            You’re convinced that you are right. It’s what liberals do.
            I could go on and on, but what would that accomplish?
            Your liberal mind is made up. You lefties listen to no one but
            the fake channels. Any other opinions are a threat to your
            MK ULTRA implanted ideas. None of you ever listen to the
            voice of reason. You are all emotion based and refuse logic.
            BTW the Clinton’s funneled 84 million into their corrupt
            foundation. Hilly and Billy accepted money from hostile nations.

          • tomsfordcars

            You are about the stupidest idiot yet. Why don’t you pack your crap and go to some other Country, that is if you could find 1 that would take you! And, by the way, I totally agree with everything Susan says.

          • Jorg37

            Another one who couldn’t resist the temptation to prove my point of intellectually challenged Trump supporters, following him like blind sheep.

          • Jorg37

            And YOU are a qualified expert on other people’s intelligence?! Can you even spell the word, without looking it up? Trouble with math, too, – in grade school?

          • tomsfordcars

            You are without a doubt a very unpatriotic person with no respect for our Great President who has accomplished more in 1 1/2 years than O’bama did in 8 years. I thank God every day that Donald Trump won the election instead of that loud mouth, crooked Clinton that by know could very well have gotten us into a very tragic war, declining economy, etc.

          • Jorg37

            So typical of gullible Trump supporters, – gobbling up all that liar says, without thinking. When it comes to wars, have you already forgotten that it was a Republican, so-called president, who got us into the totally unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, – wars we are still paying for a suffering from?! For someone like you it is obviously also difficult to grasp that it was President Obama who got the economy moving again and the unemployment rate down after 8 disastrous years under Bush! Trump has been riding high on Obama’s accomplishments!

          • tomsfordcars

            I have 2 last words for you and I will completely ignore your useless lies. The 2 words are “Bull Shit”!

          • Jorg37

            Exactly as I expected: unknowingly proving my point! Ha!

    • Jorg37

      Following comments demonstrate how naive and gullible Trump supporters are. Quite hilarious, if it weren’t for the sad fact those people can vote and steer the country right off the cliff, – as they did under Bush, and now again under another inept, unqualified and incompetent occupant of the WH, – both only made it through the outdated Electoral College, losing the popular majority.

      • The Electoral College counts and Hillary as you were to ignorant to understand that.

      • Rod

        Crawl back in your cave Jorg37. I’m sure your college educated. Probably have a BS in BS.

        • Jorg37

          Wrong guess … one of my graduate degrees is in PP (Plasma Physics)

      • Deplorable Irredeemable Susan

        President Trump has done more for this country than the last 4 presidents
        have ever done. He is the best man for the job and it just kills the liberals.
        They know in their heart of hearts that Hilly would have destroyed the US
        by now if she had won. He is strong, brave, and is not some limp wristed
        traitor like Obummer.

    • Rod

      Blow it out your pie hole Jorg37

      • Jorg37

        You couldn’t resist exposing yourself as a childish Trump supporter, huh?

        • Rod

          Better a supporter of his than a sheepish blowhard. It’s the middle of June, you snowflakes should have melted & run away.

          • Jorg37

            How profound! Did you make it through 3rd grade, – or how far up?

          • You are a simpleton.

        • You couldn’t resist exposing yourself as a complete fool.

      • jorg37 is an idiot.

    • If he did Mueller would have found them by now as there are not any.
      Mueller has found nothing and he will not unless he fabricates lies and phony claims.
      Mueller his hit a brick wall and there is nothing there.
      If Mueller is the hot shot the liberals claim he is then it is the worlds biggest nothing burger.
      Look, we all know Mueller is a crook and is not an honest person and will use any false and concocted lies to take President Trump down.
      Run Mueller’s crooked ass down the road kicking horse turds.

    • Nope, you are misinformed.

    • What skeletons are hiding in your liberal closet?

  • regulus30

    liberals never learn; they can not, it is not in their wiring; there is no cure for stupid; Trump will prevail and destroy liberalism in 61/2 years.