“Good Cause” Does Not Mean Anything Goes

If President Donald Trump takes steps to remove special counsel Robert Mueller—such as first removing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions—many Americans are likely to see this as an admission of the President’s own guilt. Removing Mueller will also be seen as a form of self-dealing of the highest order and a violation of the fundamental norm of government under law. How Republicans in Congress ultimately respond may depend in large part on how they and the President’s core supporters have been primed to think about the propriety of Mueller’s investigation and the President’s legal authority to rein it in. The White House has been working to cast doubts on Mueller’s legitimacy while at the same time suggesting that the President possesses unfettered authority to see Mueller removed. But as a legal matter, the President does not have unfettered authority. Presidents are not above the law. And the…

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