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

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe


A friend of the president says Donald Trump is considering "terminating" special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump is said to be weighing the ouster of Mueller.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the President Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though President Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

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.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. On Monday, Ruddy visited the White House. Rosenstein said Tuesday that Mueller has his full backing to conduct an independent investigation. Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors.

Confronted with Mueller's first moves, the White House responded with the sheathed blade of an implied threat, amounting to Mueller can hire who he wants; he could be fired at any time. (That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's.

Schiff told CNN that Sessions and Rosenstein should resign if they are asked by Trump to fire Mueller.

"There's some real conflicts", Ruddy said.

'[Mueller] interviewed the day before - a few days before he was appointed for special counsel with the president, who was looking at him potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director, ' Ruddy claimed. "I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here", Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

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"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hinted Tuesday there are changes on the horizon as to how the Justice Department handles marijuana enforcement in states that have legalized use of the drug in some form.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe. And whether Trump goes against their advice this time, it seems only a matter of time before he finally does something that those around him nearly universally agree is a very bad, camel-back-breaking idea - and is a very bad, camel-back-breaking idea.

"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, he has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

If Sekulow provided the legal framework for firing Mueller, Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich supplied the political messaging: Trump has been exonerated and Mueller is biased. But Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

The Obama Justice Department rejected the unitary executive argument in banning torture, and the Trump Justice Department has not sought to revive it, at least in the case of extreme interrogation techniques.

Despite the speculation, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that "while the president has the right to [fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so".

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