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Can Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller?

18 Junio 2017, 12:43 | Crisanna Felipe

Chris Ruddy is Newsmax CEO and friend of President Donald Trump

Chris Ruddy is Newsmax CEO and friend of President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has no intention to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's U.S. election, the White House said Tuesday.

But Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the President who attended meetings Monday at the White House, was the one who revealed that the issue was being discussed.

His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey admitted leaking information to the press in a bid to get a special prosecutor appointed to look into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

In a series of statements on Twitter, Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates. Suffice to say that Trump would be nuts to think that these flimsy objections would provide him with cover if he made the disastrous decision to dismiss Mueller and abort 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.

"You have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation", he said, "and director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he has to conduct that investigation appropriately".

The calamity over Comey's firing was bad enough - it raised immediate comparisons to Watergate, and Comey's Senate testimony last week raised questions about whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted about the claim, saying, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration. "I think there's a conflict there". Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

"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 said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.

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



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