Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".

President Donald Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, who is in charge overseeing the investigation of Russia's meddling into the USA presidential election, according to a friend. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller. He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said.

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 FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

Robert Mueller has come under attacks recently, with the Speaker of the House casting doubts over his credibility.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on Capitol Hill today at 10 a.m. ET, addressing the budget appropriations committees for both the House and the Senate. Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for this investigation, for the process to continue.

White House officials sought to downplay Ruddy's comments.

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Trump refused to respond to a reporter asking four times Tuesday whether he will fire Mueller, potentially trying to create some suspense.

Meanwhile, Mr Gingrich, also on Twitter, said: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

If true, that would make sense ... but Trump should tread carefully here.

Then Ruddy spread out, like a banquet, what will be Trump's argument for sacking Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He declined further comment. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations. Comey testified that he believed the revelations in his memos - including concern that Trump sought to influence the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

In any case, pushing for Mueller's firing would be a drastic move, given the uproar that followed Trump's firing of then-FBI director James Comey last month.

The Justice Department has said that Sessions was at the Mayflower that day, but there were no private or side conversations between the two.

Other Trump supporters homed in on the sequence of Mueller's job interviews.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

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