Ken Starr: Trump ‘Clearly Has The Authority’ To Fire Mueller

Julia Nista | General Assignment Reporter









Ken Starr, the independent prosecutor for former President Bill Clinton, said President Trump “clearly has the authority” to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an interview Sunday.

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On CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Starr said Trump “clearly has the authority to direct the firing, if not a direct firing himself” of Mueller, but that he has not heard of any clear intention from the administration to do so. Starr added that it is not a question of legitimacy of power but rather it is a political question about facing the consequences of firing the special counsel.

“It would be, I think, but it’s a political question,” Starr said. “I don’t think it’s obstruction of justice, and I disagree with those who seem to find obstruction of justice and almost anything that the president has done.”

“But it certainly would be, I think, a political firefight of the highest order because you have people in both parties saying that this is an authorized investigation, let it run its course,” Starr continued.

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