Jul 5, 2017

Clinton attorney: Firing Mueller won't stop Russia probe

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David Kendall, an attorney at Williams & Connolly, where he represents former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has a WashPost op-ed, "The Russia probe can't be fired." In an intriguing shot across the bow, Kendall argues that "Justice Department regulations will make it difficult, legally as well as politically," to fire special counsel Bob Mueller:

"Any of those steps would almost certainly result in the resignation of [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein, and likely other Justice Department officials, reminiscent of the [1973] 'Saturday Night Massacre,' when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox."

Mr. President, here's the part you should read: "As with the Saturday Night Massacre, any move to fire Mueller would likely not be the end of the matter — or of the criminal investigation. In the uproar that ensued after Cox's firing, the remaining prosecutors in the office continued their work and a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, was selected."

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