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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies about the Justice Department's budget before a subcommittee hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C Gingrich: Mueller Will Not Conduct a Neutral Investigation
Saul Franklin | 17 June, 2017, 11:29

Allies of the President cast doubt on the idea that Mr Trump would take such a drastic step, and officials said Mr Ruddy had not met Mr Trump directly while visiting the White House on Monday.

President Trump has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt". A friend of the president suggested a day earlier that Trump was considering such an ouster.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", he said. Lindsey Graham, Rosenstein said that having given political donations is not a disqualifier.

Why would Trump consider firing Mueller?

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"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller.

Third, he said, Rosenstein could also re-define the scope and powers of the investigation.

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added.

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

"I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the presidents judgment that remains over here", Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein named Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe and possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

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Replying to a question from Sen.

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller.

Although senior officials repudiated the assertion from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy - that he "thinks" Trump is considering firing Mueller - the media was once again set ablaze with efforts to tie the Trump Administration to the Watergate scandal.

His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let the investigation go on independently and thoroughly". Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director". "You are not the witness we were supposed to hear from today".

Sessions, a major Trump campaign supporter, disqualified himself on the advice of the department's ethics office after he had failed to disclose several meetings he had with top Russians during his confirmation hearings.

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

I never said that the President told me. "That witness is the attorney general of the United States".

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