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 TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 ComeyNadler 'encouraged' by response to Trump documents request Poll: Most Americans trust Mueller, Dems in Trump probes CNN's Amanda Carpenter: Trump attacking McCain 'to distract' from 'questions about the Russia investigation' MORE, former President Clinton and his wife Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left Dem strategist says South Carolina will be first 'real test' for O'Rourke 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."