The role of a special counsel in Washington D.C.
REDDING, Calif. - With national news swarming over the nomination of a special counsel to investigate possible ties to Russia in Trump's campaign, President Trump is calling it a "witch hunt", denying the claims.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was nominated as special counsel in this investigation.
Professor David Pearl, who teaches at Shasta College, has studied special counsels and his peers refer to him as an expert.
He explained that a special counsel has many powers. They are nominated to investigate. They also have the right to a subpoena, and they have the authority to press charges.
Pearl agrees, however, that this may be a witch hunt.
"I would almost agree with Mr. Trump's assertion that this is somewhat of a political witch hunt," Pearl said. "This is a loser for the democratic party, in my opinion. If they wanna go after Mr. Trump, go after him on policy not after whether if he had some inappropriate phone call or some low-level functionary had an inappropriate phone call with a Russian ambassador."
Trump has the option to fire the special counsel.
Pearl used the Nixon administration to explain. He said Nixon fired his special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, and as a result, the political fallout was too much for his administration.
Pearl thinks it would be the same result if President Trump decides to fire Mueller.
"If he did [fire Mueller] the political consequences would be tremendous," Pearl said. "You would hear immediate calls for an impeachment process to be brought and an impeachment trial perhaps in the senate."
When asked if it's time to be talking about impeachment Pearl said "not at all" he said it's "way premature".