White House Says Trump Has 'No Intention' To Fire Special Counsel

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25 June, 2017

She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.

Ruddy said that, from what he can tell, firing Mueller is "a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel".

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added. Sanders confirmed to reporters Tuesday night that Trump did interview Mueller. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

Many conservative legal experts and Trump allies - including Ruddy - are warning Trump strongly against removing Mueller, saying it would backfire spectacularly and lead to charges of obstruction. Ruddy however, doubled down on the idea, telling NBC in a statement Spicer's statement was "bizarre" and doesn't deny his claim.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. There is another path Trump could take, says Yale law professor Akhil Amar. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

Asked whether he had seen any reason for Mueller to be removed, Rosenstein responded, "No, I have not".

Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the White House to let Mueller's investigation play out. "I spoke to him last week". If there were good cause, I would consider it.

"He actually does not know what we're investigating and I'm not going to talk about it publicly", he said.

Ruddy had been at the White House the same day, though White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he did not meet with the president. During the Watergate investigation President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating a campaign of political spying and sabotage launched by a Nixon re-election committee.

"Don't you think it is unethical for him to become the investigator against the President after having that private conversation? I think the way the investigation is shaping up, he's out to get the president". "They have had a lot of fumbles".

Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller. I know Bob Mueller.

Both Gingrich and Ken Starr were closely involved in the investigation and impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. But the narrative has gotten oxygen from Ruddy and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, .

Dianne Feinstein of California, Rosenstein testified that now he would have to assent to Mueller's firing because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from investigations involving the 2016 campaign and that he would not now do so because he did not see the good cause that is required by the special counsel law.

Sen. Christopher 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?

Still, Trump's allies are looking to sow doubt, pointing to donations some on Mueller's team have made to Democrats. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".


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