The New York Times has posted a blockbuster story that President Donald Trump ordered that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be fired last June but White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II prevented the order from being carried out by threatening to resign. If true, it is a chilling disclosure that any president might take a clearly self-destructive and unwarranted act. The firing would have raised credible calls for an investigation for possible impeachable offenses. While I have written extensively (here and here and here) on Mueller’s conflicts of interest and why he should never have been considered for such a post, I have also stressed that any firing of Mueller would be an act of utter insanity in the midst of this investigation.
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