For John, BLUF: I don't think President Trump should be firing anyone in Main Justice, nor anyone from the Special Counsel Office, but that doesn't mean that I hold those folks in a lot of respect. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Hill, by Reporter Jordain Carney, 10 April 2018.
Here is the quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
"For the sake of our country, we plead with you. Don’t put this country through a constitutional crisis. ... The rule of law is paramount in this country. No man, not even the president, is above it."How is there a Constitutional Crisis unless Mr Schumer stirs one up?
Maybe Mr Schumer believes that by shouting about it he has President Trump on notice and thus prevents anything untoward from happening.
As I think about it, the idea of a cabinet or sub-cabinet official who can not be fired is an absurdity. Otherwise the President is hamstrung. A hamstrung President is no President. And, from a certain perspective, that is what the likes of Senator Schumer wishes.
But, the question of firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is just a surrogate for the question of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who appears to have no specific mandate, but seems to be roaming far and wide, perhaps having abandoned the original "Russia Collusion" topic for a search for every possible flaw in the President and those who work with him.
I don't think I would be OK with such a wide ranging search for criminality, given the potential to start the kind of banana republic approach of going after one's predecessor. And it smacks too much of "Show me the man and I will find you the crime." Stalin era persecution. But, if I thought both sides were being examined I might at least find it balanced. Maybe, in the end, Mr Mueller will be shown to believe in Truth, Justice and the American Way. I sure hope so, but my hope is running a little thin.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff