Trump pal says president is 'considering' firing Robert Mueller

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren".

Since Trump has shown an eagerness to fire officials who oppose him - former FBI Director James Comey being but one example - the rules could give him free reign to boot Mueller. If he snaps, and his intentions take another, tumultuous turn, there are few guardrails preventing him from removing the special counsel-a move that would nearly certainly trigger a constitutional crisis.

Another talk-radio Trump booster, Laura Ingraham, who was rumoured to have been considered for a White House position, directed her followers to a story in a conservative newspaper that suggests Mueller might be tainted.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential polls, the White House has said. Sanders confirmed to reporters Tuesday night that Trump did interview Mueller.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

The president was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.
The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

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

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever".

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.

"If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.

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

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary. "In recent days, the president has told his staff, his visitors, and his outside advisers that he was increasingly convinced Mueller, like Comey, his successor as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was part of a "witch hunt" by partisans who wanted to see him weakened or forced from office", the daily said. Rosenstein said Tuesday that Mueller has his full backing to conduct an independent investigation. "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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