Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House

18 June, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Report Donald Trump is considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller

"First, most simply, Trump could order Mueller fired", Katyal said.

The White House distanced itself on Monday afternoon from the speculation sparked by Ruddy, who told PBS's Newshour that Trump was "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Trump ally Dick Morris told Politico on Monday: "I think the idea of having an enemy when you're the object of a special prosecutor is a very important one".

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured Congress Tuesday that he would obey a presidential order to fire Mueller only if it were "lawful and appropriate". Nixon was eventually able to convince the DOJ's third in command, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now due to testify on the matter before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign. Justice Department regulations specify that a special counsel can only be removed for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", and that the "specific reason" must be spelled out in writing. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

Republicans said on Tuesday that it would look awful for Trump to fire Mueller, whose investigation covers possible collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump administration. Look who he is hiring. "His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity". National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week.

"Mr Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue,"White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later".

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The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

Even though the White House has denied Trump made comments about firing Mueller to Ruddy, many are still speculating as to what would happen if Trump tried to fire Mueller.

"He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said on CBS This Morning.

Several theories abound so far. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

"In this case, we have what could serve as a trial balloon", he said on "Anderson Cooper 360", suggesting that it might be a way to test public reaction.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich tweeted Monday that he refused to believe Mueller could ever handle the Russian investigation fairly. "Don't waste our time".

The new target is Bob Mueller.

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