Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

by Abel Hampton June 19, 2017, 0:13

"No, I have not", Rosenstein said. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said. This left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of all things Russia-related, and it was Rosenstein who, in May, appointed Mueller to lead the investigation.

Under questioning from Sen.

While legal analysts say Trump cannot do this as the law mandates that the special counsel can only be appointed and fired by the Office of the Attorney General and NOT by the president, this news just all the more highlights the nagging question as to why Trump has been demonizing the investigation.

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, in recent days Mueller's impartiality as special counsel has been questioned by some Trump supporters. Rosenstein last month appointed a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is the latest step in multiple ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing. "Comey admitted he leaked the memo to the New York Times, to the press, hoping it would bring about a special counsel which, by the way, turned out to be his best buddy, his BFF Robert Mueller".

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday during a ceremony honoring the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Clemson University Tigers. "He had a private conversation with the President on his views about all sorts of matters, potentially about the investigation, I don't know". Ruddy's remarks came on the heels of Trump loyalists growing louder with their calls that Mueller should be removed from heading up the Russian Federation probe.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Rosenstein, not the president - though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

"You can raise those concerns" to both Mueller and the DOJ, Rosenstein told Graham. Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

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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