President Donald Trump’s latest legal defense is “poppycock,” a legal analyst explained on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal joined O’Donnell to explain the legal intricacies.
“Let me get your reaction to the president’s statement in that tweet he could have fired Robert Mueller himself without don mcgahn and there would be no problem, no obstruction of justice,” O’Donnell explained.
“And let me just add to that, because within the last hour, he told Sean Hannity this,” O’Donnell noted. “He said, ‘I could have fired everybody. I could have fired Mueller. I could have fired anybody that I wanted to fire, Article II — fired nobody other than Comey and very interesting that was early and people don’t talk about that.'”
“Your reaction to the president saying not only could he have fired Robert Mueller, he could have fired anybody — and that would be totally legal,” O’Donnell said.
“Yeah, the technical legal term for that, as I’ve said before, is poppycock,” Katyal replied.
“This is such a bad legal argument, I don’t think you would get a single serious Constitutional scholar to agree with it,” he continued.
“And here’s why. Of course, the president has the ability to fire people in his cabinet,” he explained. “Yes, just as you and I have the right to throw our laptops away in the garbage. But we don’t have that right if we know the FBI is about to knock on our door under a warrant and get it. You can’t destroy your laptop and similarly, you can’t fire someone for improper motive.”
“So yes, the president generally has that power, but specifically here he does not because — the Mueller report is devastating on this, page after page showing he did this to effectively obstruct justice,” Katyal added.
McConnell stumped after reporter asks if it’s OK to tell his immigrant wife to ‘go back to your country’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn President Donald Trump's racist attack against progressive members of Congress -- suggesting instead that both Democrats and Republicans alike needed to tone down their rhetoric.
During a press conference, McConnell was asked if it would be racist to use similar language towards his wife Elaine Chao, who is currently the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image
On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.
Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.
“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.
“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”
Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.
According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.