Friday, 20 October, 2017

Trump mulling firing special counsel on Russia Robert Mueller

Howard Terry | 20 June, 2017, 00:06

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, with one friend of the president floating the possibility he could fire Mueller.

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein said.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."

Rosenstein also said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be involved in the firing of James Comey as FBI director given Sessions' recusal from any investigation into Trump's campaign. Others who had spoken with Trump Tuesday said that the president's ambiguity on Mueller was intentional and that the possibility of being fired would help keep Mueller in line.

As Rosenstein said in the Senate hearing, he believes Mueller's team has both the independence and resources necessary to conduct the ongoing probe.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said late Monday.

Sanders' comment follows several days of speculation as to whether Trump was thinking about firing Mueller. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

Mueller was already granted a waiver by the Justice Department to lead the investigation despite a possible conflict of interest stemming from his law firm's representation of some of the people caught up in the investigation, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. The CEO is Newsmax Media called Mueller "illegitimate" as a special counsel because the investigation itself has no basis. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration. "One of my sources reached out to me just before we went on air, and they said there's mass hysteria in the West Wing about this".

Mueller has been silent since he was named to head the Russian Federation investigation on May 17, a week after Trump fired FBI chief James Comey expressing frustration over the probe.

The White House denied that Trump ever discussed the matter with Ruddy.

It's hard to say how much credibility should be attached to Christopher Ruddy's remark on PBS and later on CNN.

"Let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said.

Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Rosenstein: Why would the deputy attorney general have written a memo to Sessions that was "exclusively" about a matter from which Sessions was recused?

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.

The attorney general was scheduled to testify later on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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