Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

Robert Mueller speaks during a farewell ceremony as he retired from the FBI after 12 years as director

US President Donald Trump is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged ties to the 2016 US presidential election.

Ruddy, who is a friend of the president's, said on PBS Monday, "I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel..."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Amid reports that President Trump is considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday that he - and not the president - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

Gingrich, though, ominously predicted that Mueller's team will "find some poor person like Scooter Libby", who Gingrich said "did nothing wrong" during the Valerie Plame investigation but "ended up going to jail" when the independent counsel tried to flip him to get to Vice President Dick Cheney. But I'm noticing a trend here: If something is bad for Republicans, Newt thinks it should be abolished.

Beating up on James Comey is so last week.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

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Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr". "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorised to comment". Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing.

Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: "Double dare exists".

Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Rosenstein said the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller. Other Trump allies oppose the investigation through a thread of interlinked objections: that Meuller's probe is unnecessary, that he is hiring an assemblage of biased attorneys who have donated to the Democrats in the past, and that his close relationship with Comey is compromising.

As for Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that his recommendation had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe, that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view. that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do".

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Ruddy could not say, however, that Trump suggested that to him directly.

"You can raise those concerns" to both Mueller and the DOJ, Rosenstein told Graham.

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