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If President Donald Trump ordered a senior government official to support the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, how should that person respond?In Trump's Washington, it's a fact of life that officials must now weigh whether they would follow presidential orders that might be improper or illegal.How should Congress and Justice Department officials weigh their choices as Trump threatens openly to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, presumably to clear the way for firing Mueller?Since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, an order to fire Mueller, for now, would go to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – who has strongly indicated he would refuse.A similar chain of obligation should be forged now, to circumscribe Trump's ability to sack Mueller.Members of Congress are said to be gaming this option, thinking of ways to block a recess appointment or to extract a promise from any Sessions successor to leave Mueller alone.
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