President Donald Trump’s efforts to cool down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation are heating up. This morning he tweeted, “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December … I would have fired him,” just another indication that he believes he has the legal authority to do so. The president is also getting some unusual backing from constitutional lawyer, Harvard professor emeritus and Hillary Clinton supporter Alan Dershowitz, who has recently penned op-eds titled, “Trump is right: The special counsel should never have been appointed,” and “Targeting Trump's lawyer should worry us all,” referring to the FBI raid on the office of Michael Cohen.
But should we be worried? And does the president really have the power to fire Mueller? Jim Braude was joined by Kent Greenfield, a constitutional law professor at Boston College; Brad Bailey, a criminal defense attorney at Brad Bailey Law and former federal prosecutor; and J.W. Carney Jr., a criminal defense attorney at J.W. Carney Jr. & Associates and a former federal assistant district attorney.