Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Ruddy agreed, but noted that the White House statement never denied what he said was true.

The report goes on to state that while Trump is suspicious of Mueller and that he is still furious with Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe. Conservative Review contributor Steve Deace labeled calls to fire Mueller the "absolutely dumbest dumbassery" in a series of tweets Monday night.

A source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

Among the aides most alarmed by the idea of firing Mueller, according to people familiar with the situation, was Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, whom Democrats mocked earlier this week for publicly saying he feels "blessed" to serve Trump. It marks a rather stark change of views for the former House speaker, who just a month ago tweeted that Mr Mueller was a "superb choice" as special counsel. But if Republicans on Capitol Hill are willing to go along with it, there's nobody else out there who can actually stop Trump.

When Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., asked Rosenstein if he has seen any reason to fire Mueller, the deputy attorney general said he had not.

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News that attempted to link Mueller to Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director Trump fired the same month.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives.very unsafe", Gingrich continued. Trump is said to be proud of yesterday's not-so-nimble refusal to pledge support to Mueller, seeing it as an artfully tactical ploy aimed at steering the investigation toward his desired outcome of total, public exoneration.

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"I'm not a flak for the White House".

Ruddy told Woodruff that Trump was optimistic after the Comey hearing and "generally felt he had won a victory".

The first shot was sacked by Jay Sekulow, a hard-right conservative activist and a member of Trump's legal team who told ABC's "This Week" that he would not rule out the firing of Mueller. With respect to this subject.

The deputy attorney general added, "You have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation and Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately".

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said.

With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated.

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