Trump muses about firing Fed chairman, sources tell Bloomberg

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By Jennifer Jacobs, Saleha Mohsin, and Margaret Talev
Bloomberg News
Friday, December 21, 2018

President Donald Trump has discussed firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as his frustration with the central bank chief intensified following this week's interest-rate hike and months of stock-market losses, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Advisers close to Trump aren't convinced he would move against Powell and are hoping that the president's latest bout of anger will dissipate over the holidays, the people said on condition of anonymity. Some of Trump's advisers have warned him that firing Powell would be a disastrous move.

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Yet the president has talked privately about firing Powell many times in the past few days, said two of the people. ...

It's unclear how much legal authority the president has to fire Powell. The Federal Reserve Act says governors may be "removed for cause by the president." Since the chairman is also a governor, that presumably extends to him or her, but the rules around firing the leader are legally ambiguous, as Peter Conti-Brown of the University of Pennsylvania notes in his book on Fed independence. ...

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