Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Newsmax CEO Trump considering firing Mueller Trump reportedly mulling the termination of special counsel Robert Mueller
Howard Terry | 18 June, 2017, 00:46

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9. If Trump is wise, he'll leave Mueller in place and let this investigation run its course.

Forewarned is forearmed. So perhaps the country is lucky that President Trump's allies have floated the possibility he might fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.

Federal regulations says special prosecutors can be "removed from office only by the personal action of the Attorney General".

"I won't mince words", Leahy told Rosenstein during his opening statement. "These investigations are important", Ryan said. Robert Mueller isn't a contestant on The Apprentice.

Mueller had earned the respect by both Democrats and Republicans during his 12-year leadership as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, serving both the Bush and Obama presidencies from 2001-2013.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller". This would coincide with the many news stories and opinions from Trump supporters discrediting Mueller despite their approval of his appointment by Rosenstein.

White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive". John McCain has said that Obama was better than Trump on U.S. leadership, and Lindsey Graham said that Trump may be the first president to "Go down" because he couldn't stop tweeting. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

"I never said I spoke to the President", he added. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

Regarding Ruddy's comments, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr. Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

It is not known what the two discussed in that meeting.

Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.

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