Dershowitz: Firing Mueller 'would not be an impeachable offense'

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said late Wednesday that it "would not be an impeachable offense" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE because "it wouldn't be a crime."

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Dershowitz if there was "any oversight of any kind of the special counsel" like there is with anyone else "who wields power in society."

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"We can defeat our elected representatives in elections, we can recall or impeach a president or judges. The special counsel, we are told, can’t be fired because that itself would be an impeachable offense. So, is there any oversight of any kind of the special counsel?” he asked.

“First of all, firing the special counsel would not be impeachable offense, because it wouldn’t be a crime. The president would have authority to do it but it would be politically very damaging to do it," Dershowitz replied.

Trump has insisted he had no plans to fire Mueller despite continued speculation by political pundits that he would do so since the special counsel's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion between the president's campaign and Moscow was launched in May 2017.

The president has, however, stepped up his criticism of Mueller and his investigation on Twitter, including a tweet on Wednesday morning that included an image of Mueller, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice MORE, former President Clinton and his wife Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE and other critics behind bars for "treason."

"Now that Russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?" the photo caption reads.

Dershowitz late Wednesday also argued that the special counsel's final report is "simply an accusation" that contains testimony from prosecution witnesses and can be rebutted by the president's legal team.

"The special counsel is just another prosecutor," he said. "We must see the other side of the story before we can come to any conclusion."