White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

26 June, 2017

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about.

"Mr. Gingrich said Mueller was 'a superb choice" with an impeccable reputation for fairness just a few weeks ago, but now says that there is no way Mueller can be fair.

Ryan argued Mueller must be allowed to carry on his investigation "because of what [Trump] did with Comey", referring to the president's decision to fire the former FBI director over the Russian Federation investigation.

It would be hard to make the case, he said, that the experience of interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director would make it impossible for Mueller to fairly exercise the broad discretion afforded to prosecutors.

"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren". "I do believe he has a legal right to do it and I do think it was considered as an option, as the president's own attorney said". Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no". I personally think it would be a significant mistake'.

The startling assertion on Monday came as some of Mr Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mr Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility. "These investigations are important", Ryan said. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama for 20 years, is expected to face tough questions from his former colleagues on a number of fronts that he has never had to publicly address in detail.

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said, adding he had confidence in Mueller.

'I have no idea, ' Sessions replied. "I spoke to him last week".

On "CBS This Morning" Gingrich carped that one of the Democratic attorneys Mueller has hired 'worked for the Clinton Foundation'. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

Rosenstein was testifying in place of Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He explained Tuesday to the Senate panel that his decision was based on a Justice Department regulation dictating that 'employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they served as a campaign advisor'.

Earlier in the hearing, Republican Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told reporters on Monday that "it would be a disaster" and that "there's no reason to fire Mueller".

"Can you be fired without cause?", Manchin asked.

Soon after Ruddy's remarks became public Monday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr". "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".

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