Monday, 21 August, 2017

Friend Says Trump Weighs Firing Special Counsel Mueller

Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller
Howard Terry | 20 June, 2017, 00:27

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on the man investigating Russian interference in the United States election and possible collusion with the president's campaign - with one suggesting Mr Trump was considering "terminating" him.

On the last hour of Morning Joe, Tuesday, co-host Joe Scarborough threw cold water on Ruddy's claims saying that three high level sources all told him that Mueller was safe and that the president never suggested dumping the special counsel.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

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

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

The talk about dismissing Mr Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies, including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon, who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Gingrich tweeted.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

Reports that Trump was considering firing Mueller surfaced last week, again citing unnamed sources. Trump conformist Newt Gingrich requested the President to rethink Mr. Mueller's position, as reported by BBC.

"Chris speaks for himself", a senior administration official told the Daily Caller in an email.

A member of Trump's legal team said on Wednesday that reports of the expanding investigation were "outrageous".

"I think he's weighing that option", he said referring to Trump.

"Comey is a good friend of special counsel Robert Mueller - such a good friend, for about 15 years now, that the two men have been described as 'brothers in arms, '" York wrote.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, scoffed at the idea that the president might fire Mueller. "Don't waste our time".

He added that he believes it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but said the "the basis of his investigation is flim-flam".

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