Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Posted June 19, 2017

Sanders confirmed to reporters Tuesday night that Trump did interview Mueller.

On PBS on Monday, Ruddy said that Trump's consideration of moving to fire Mueller was "pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. (Message: I'll protect you.) He allegedly told Comey the next day, "I hope you can let this go". The FBI's "Prepublication Review Guide" does raise some questions about Comey's actions, but not Mueller's.

He said he doubts Mueller can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation.

Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.

So says someone who helped craft the special-counsel law. Truly, we don't know.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The White House said on June 13 that U.S. President Donald Trump "has the right" to fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but he doesn't intend to do so. But the narrative has gotten oxygen from Ruddy and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has urged Trump to end the investigation.

White House officials referred questions to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, as they have recently on all matters relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

"Concerns are already being raised - including about Mueller's friendship with [former FBI Director James] Comey and his staff-packing with anti-Trump partisans".

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"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."

Gingrich tweeted, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". Look who he is hiring.check fec reports.

Still, Trump's allies are looking to sow doubt, pointing to donations some on Mueller's team have made to Democrats. Ruddy told PBS that he thinks it would be "a very significant mistake" for Trump to seek Mueller's termination.

The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision.

The White House appeared blindsided by it, but took hours to address it, triggering speculation it was, one, a plan indeed and Moody was testing the waters for Trump, and two, it was an attempt by a anxious administration to intimidate the counsel and the formidable team of lawyers he was putting together. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Then Ruddy spread out, like a banquet, what will be Trump's argument for sacking Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Barack Obama and George W. Bush. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said. But Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

"The attorney general is the one who has to fire him", said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on "Anderson Cooper 360". Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

Viewers of the never-ending TV drama known as "The Trump White House" are now speculating that Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Trump-Russia criminal probe, might be the next contestant to get fired.

Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend and the CEO of the conservative website Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller, a potentially explosive option.

On Oct. 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon fired independent prosecutor Archibald Cox - leading to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.