The Jus­tice De­part­ment

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Un­der the author­ity of Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosen­stein, spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III will have a greater de­gree of au­ton­omy to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions and prose­cu­tions than con­gres­sional com­mit­tees, which of­ten are par­ti­san. But Mueller still an­swers to Rosen­stein, who in turn an­swers to the pres­i­dent.

This means Pres­i­dent Trump has the author­ity to fire the spe­cial coun­sel for any rea­son. How­ever, such a move is highly un­likely be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions for Trump, who faced in­tense crit­i­cism when he fired FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey.

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