Hillary Clinton, who went to Washington early in her career as a young lawyer investigating Watergate, has found herself on the receiving end of the sort of investigations that hounded Nixon from office. Nixon’s firing of the Watergate prosecutor was one of the developments that brought about the passage of the independent counsel statute whose constitutionality was doubted by Antonin Scalia in his Morrison v. Olson dissent.
Scalia’s view was that, under the Constitution, the prosecutors work for and must be accountable to the president. Perhaps Hillary Clinton didn’t fully appreciate the importance of that point back at Scalia’s death in February. But in the coming months she may come all too well to understand its wisdom, Ira Stoll writes.