A former Justice Department attorney has a prediction: Donald Trump could survive the political fallout if he fires Robert Mueller.
"Trump has the power to fire Mueller. He can do it," says attorney J. Christian Adams. "Whether it's worth it to do it is the question."
Trump has stated he does not plan to fire the special counsel despite the President's public frustration that the Russia probe, now past a year old, has yet to prove collusion with his presidential campaign.
Some in Congress, meanwhile, have recommended a new probe to investigate the Department of Justice itself and still others are calling for an end to the probe after the release of a 500-page inspector general's report last week.
Asked by OneNewsNow about firing Mueller, Adams says there would certainly be political fallout for Trump if he did so.
"But if this president has shown anything, he can survive political fallouts and criticism," Adams says of Trump. "He just punches back.
Trump has the legal authority not only to fire Mueller but also the authority to pardon people involved in the probe.
"But the problem is the people who are full of hatred for Trump, I think their heads would explode if he started pardoning people," Adams says. "But it certainly would bring an end to the investigation."