Amid increasingly loud rumors that President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, one former federal prosecutor is certain that if push comes to shove, the special counsel won’t go down lightly.
As MSNBC host Ari Melber pointed out, Justice Department regulations stipulate that attorneys general can only fire special counsels if they’re found guilty of “misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of departmental policies.” Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor who spent 13 years in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. noted that if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein changes his mind or is compelled by Trump to fire Mueller, it would likely trigger litigation.
If and when that happens, Waxman continued, members of Mueller’s team would have “standing under the law” to argue that the special counsel’s firing is “arbitrary and capricious,” which could lead to court review. The process it would trigger, however, could take a month or longer to move through courts. During that review, Mueller’s investigation could continue mostly unhindered, Waxman said.
Melber asked the former federal prosector if Mueller and his attorneys would be ready to “fight this out” if he is removed from office, to which Waxman replied “I have little doubt of that.”
“Bob Mueller and his team are very sophisticated lawyers at the top of their game and I think they’ve thought through many of these different avenues,” Waxman concluded. “If it did come to that, I think there would be legal challenges.”
Watch Waxman’s interview below, via MSNBC.
WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons
Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.
The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.
Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.
Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist
On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.
"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.
The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.
The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum