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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Robert Mueller Robert Mueller. Alex Wong Getty Images
Howard Terry | 18 June, 2017, 01:27

In a major story, The New York Times claimed that Trump was angered by reports that Mueller was close to fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and entertained the idea of firing the special counsel.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Trump might assert he has authority to fire Mueller on his own, courts might or might not agree. Indeed, his expectation that threatening to oust Mueller might compel him to soft-pedal the F.B.I. probe betrays a remarkable naivete of how Washington, and longtime civil servants like Mueller, operate.

A source close to the President said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel. However, the White House has strongly denied these claims.

"Together, we're working every day and we've been working very hard together for our country, to protect your safety, bringing back jobs into our country and putting always America first", he said. Gen. Jeff Sessions has stepped aside from any role in the Russian Federation investigation - recusal is the legal term - Deputy Atty.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives.very unsafe", Gingrich continued. He is "confident", he said, that Mueller has full independence. Ruddy criticized the media for their continued focus on a "political diversion" instead of Trump's accomplishments, though Cuomo shot back that the continued developments over Russian Federation are a newsworthy subject.

Republicans are "delusional" if they think Mueller is going to be a fair investigator, Gingrich said. As the White House aides scrambling to calm the president surely understand, even Trump could not survive such a seismic and egocentric abuse of power. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., suggesting that the attorney general was "cowering" in the face of tough questioning.

Mueller is assembling a high-powered team of Washington legal talent, including Michael Dreeben, a former Justice Department lawyer who has argued 100 cases before the Supreme Court, and Andrew Weissmann, chief of the Justice Department's fraud section who oversaw corruption investigations including the Volkswagen cheating probe. I never said that the President told me. When Trump feels unfairly treated by Mueller, he will discuss firing him.

Trump can't directly fire Mueller, but could ask Rosenstein to fire him.

When asked by the pool of reporters covering a midday meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House whether he supported Mueller, Trump gave no answer, even though he often uses such interactions to make headlines or shoot down stories he believes to be fake.

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