Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump Friend Claims President Toying With Firing Mueller

Trump Friend Claims President Toying With Firing Mueller

Rosenstein told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that Mueller would have "the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately" and that he would not follow an order to fire the special counsel "unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Soon after Ruddy's remarks became public Monday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr". The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in mid-May as special counsel overseeing the the investigation into whether the President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election, noted that under the special counsel regulations, only the attorney general has the authority to fire such an appointee.

Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country", Trump said at the White House.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Ruddy fired back Tuesday morning to Politico, saying in an email that Spicer's statement "doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller" and "says I didn't speak to the president about the matter - when I never claimed to have done so". He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

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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.

Speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "frankly disturbed" by Trump's "hard right" supporters attempting to "discredit" Mueller and "sully his reputation". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

He is nearly certain to be asked about the possibility of the president firing Mueller.

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

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking whether Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".

Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller". "I don't question his integrity at all, but he has to be careful not to create the impression of partiality".

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