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Was precipitated the impeachment of andrew johnson johnson was impeached for violating the tenure of office act which tried to constrain the president from firing subordinates including the secretary of war without congressional consent johnson did it anyway he was impeached and narrowly acquitted and taft in this opinion says the judgement of history has been the tenure of office act unconstitutionally restricted the president's power to fire his subordinates establishing the principle of a unitary executive who has but discretion over the officers he appoints tafs decision was questioned during the new deal by justice brandeis who said that congress does have the power to set up quasi independent agencies like the federal trade commission that can't be fired and in the reagan administration the court of held congress's power to create independent prosecutors can't be fired this issue may soon be back before the supreme court but taft has become a hero for devotees of the unitary executive both the line conservative who believe in a strong presidency with control over these brand of course the the tenure authorization for appointment of independent counsels expired the congress in light of the experience chose not to renew i don't think it was any sentiment really to renew it none at all democrats had enough of it during the clinton years there some perhaps changing too and i won't ask you to apply about an issue that may come before you but there is a bill pending in congress oh sponsored by senator coons and others that would restrain the president from firing the special prosecutor and its constitutionality might come before the court and if it does taft myers opinion would be relevant once again president lincoln spent a long night in the white house convincing republican senators not to pass a law that would give turn your tenure of office to his war cabinet.