The most powerful position in the world has apparently become one of the weakest, with the spectacle of the office, home, and even hotel room of President Trump’s own attorney being ransacked without warning. The shocking government seizure of attorney Michael Cohen’s files, including attorney-client communications, happened because Robert Mueller’s runaway investigation wanted some dirt on Trump.
Republicans in Congress stood silently by while this unfolded, with some even wanting to support this with special new legislation to protect Mueller’s wrecking crew. Fortunately, there is one person to whom Trump can turn to put the GOP back on the right path.
President Trump should look to his top advocate in his own Department of Justice, Solicitor General Noel Francisco. He may be the only man willing to assert proper presidential authority to stop the circus caused by the blank check given to Mueller’s out-of-control inquisition.
The Solicitor General argues cases on behalf of the executive branch before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is well-versed in constitutional law.
In contrast with the liberal Republicans on Capitol Hill, General Francisco has strongly asserted the authority of President Trump to fire underlings in the executive branch. General Francisco argued in support of executive power to deport illegal alien law-breakers.
The Left is most agitated about Francisco’s support of presidential power. In the case of Lucia v. SEC, Francisco quotes Supreme Court precedent to argue that “the Constitution gives the President what the Framers saw as the ‘traditional’ means of ensuring accountability: the ‘power to oversee executive officers through removal.’”
“The removal power thus is a key safeguard of democratic self-governance, preserving an unbroken chain of responsibility from the American people to the public officials who serve them,” Francisco tells the High Court.
Although relatively unknown to the public, Francisco is in line to replace Mueller’s supervisor Rod Rosenstein if he were terminated by Trump. All agree that that Trump has the authority to fire Rosenstein, and reports have even circulated that Rosenstein would not be surprised by it.
Francisco could step into Rosenstein’s shoes, and then Francisco could fire Mueller. The tyranny of the witch-hunt against Trump and his supporters would be over.