Monday, 11 December, 2017

WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller

WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller
Christy Curtis | 20 June, 2017, 01:19

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein said. The regulations governing independent investigations make clear that the special counsel can be removed "only by the personal action of the Attorney General". Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".

Sources have told CNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.

Ruddy was at the White House on Monday to meet White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Spicer said. Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for this investigation, for the process to continue.

The criticism of Mueller takes several forms.

Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said that Mr Trump called him on Monday night because of Mr Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. The Justice Department later acknowledged Sessions's contacts with Kislyak but said they were part of Sessions's job at the time as a senator. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team's words, but he did call Spicer's statement "bizarre".

His comments came as Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a friend of Donald Trump visited the White House on Monday, said in a TV interview that the president may consider firing Mr Mueller.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. The interview was first reported by PBS.

"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.

Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions said he had not met with any Russians during the campaign. "The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal", it says.

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

Sanders said Trump saw part of Sessions's testimony and "thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job and, in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

Rosenstein was testifying in place of Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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