Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

Report Donald Trump is considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller Report: Donald Trump is considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller
Howard Terry | 19 June, 2017, 01:45

The regulations governing independent investigations make clear that the special counsel can be removed "only by the personal action of the Attorney General".

Why would Trump consider firing Mueller?

"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.

He added, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders". Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein at a budget hearing Tuesday what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the US elections and possible Russian ties to Trump's campaign.

Last month, Gingrich had tweeted: "Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel".

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that any talk about Mr Trump wanting to rid himself of the special investigator amounts to rumour.

Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a drastic step, and White House officials said Ruddy had not met directly with Trump while he was there.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller. "I think there's a conflict there". Look who he is hiring.check [Federal Election Commission] reports.

Robert Mueller is a man of integrity with a long record of public service.

Trump does have the authority to remove the special counsel. Given that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was overseeing the probe into Russian Federation, and its possible collusion with the Trump team, the firing has led to questions about potential obstruction of justice. The allegation stems from Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and Comey's claims that Trump pressured him to back off the FBI's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

COLLINS: Has the president ever discussed with you the appointment of the special counsel or discussed the special counsel in any way?

"I think the president is actually pretty confident that ultimately this is all going to come out in the wash and ultimately he's still going to be president".

"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Ruddy did not speak with Trump about firing Mueller as special counsel and other White House aides suggested the Newsmax CEO was only speaking for himself. He has "some real conflicts", Ruddy said.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

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