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Donald Trump has no intention of firing Robert Mueller: White House

18 Junio 2017, 12:59 | Crisanna Felipe

Trump may ‘terminate’ Russia probe’s Mueller says president’s pal

Trump may ‘terminate’ Russia probe’s Mueller says president’s pal

A close associate of Trump told PBS NewsHour on June 13 that Trump was considering firing Mueller one month after he fired former FBI Director James Comey, who previously headed the Russian Federation investigation.

He believes he is above the law, ignores the emoluments clause, makes growing enemies lists, has an obsession with leaks, wants to toss offending reporters in prison, has White House spokesmen with little credibility, has his own jargon for lying (Nixon: "inoperable" statements; Trump: "alternative facts"), leaking false and manufactured information to the media during the campaign, and they even share a dirty trickster in Robert Stone. On Monday, speculation was stoked that Trump was considering terminating Mueller, after a confidante of the president suggested it was under consideration.

Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

"No, I have not", he said. Suddenly, many of Trump's allies began discussing booting Mueller to the curb.

On Tuesday, Gingrich criticized Mueller for not having pro-Trump attorneys on his team and addressed reports that three members of Mueller's team have donated to Democrats.

If Mueller strays from the straight and narrow, Rosenstein should not hesitate to remove him and name someone else to serve as special counsel.

"No, because it's not necessary, the department is a hierarchy and so nothing gets to the attorney general about matters he's recused from unless they come through my office", Rosenstein said.

In a follow-up interview with me, Goldsmith said Congress could act legislatively to reinstate Mueller.

It's likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

The comments came a day after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying the president was considering dismissing Mueller.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House Monday, told PBS' Judy Woodruff that "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Of course the man leading that movement - US president Donald Trump - continues to produce head-scratching responses to the scandal. Look who he is hiring.

Last month, Gingrich had tweeted: "Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel". Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are. During an NBC interview days later, Trump admitted that his frustration over the ongoing Russian Federation probe played a role in his decision to fire Comey.

If Republicans were to state right now that firing Mueller is a red line for them, it would require an acknowledgment that this whole "Trump as naif" narrative is just nonsense - that the problem is not that Trump needs to learn the rules, but rather that he does not believe the rules should apply to him.

Meanwhile, a chorus of Trump supporters, from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to commentator Ann Coulter, is assailing Mueller's independence.

He is planning to interview two top US intelligence officials about whether Trump sought their help to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off a related probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to three people familiar with the inquiry.



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