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WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller
19 Junio 2017, 03:54 | Crisanna Felipe
Trump's allies are already starting to talk about booting Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Ruddy's media company leans far to the right, and he is widely known as a personal confidant of the president.
Under the present circumstances, however, and not without regret, I believe that the same ethics rules the attorney general cited in his Tuesday testimony counsel against Mueller's continuing to serve in the role assigned to him.
President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.
"The president did this to himself", that official added.
"He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy regarding appropriate contacts with the White House", Sessions said. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently and thoroughly".
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy set off a firestorm when he suggested that President Trump might fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who's overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Lindsey Graham, Rosenstein said that having given political donations is not a disqualifier.
CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013.
At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared he'd seen no basis for dismissing Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director he appointed as special counsel after Sessions' recusal.
The topic of both hearings is the Justice Department's budget. Neal Katyal spelled out three ways to thwart this kind of criminal probe in a Washington Post piece titled, "Trump or Congress can still block Robert Mueller".
Just weeks ago, Mr Gingrich had heaped praise on Mr Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". Richardson and his deputy refused.
"I'm not going to follow any orders unless they are a lawful order", Rosenstein responded.
Rosenstein's conduct there called his impartiality into question.
Although noting that Trump said Friday he would answer Mueller's questions under oath, Sekulow declined to rule out ordering at some later date the firing of the widely praised Mueller, who preceded Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The statement came after Sen. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.
Politico's Josh Dawsey tweeted, "White House officials are trying to tamp down Chris Ruddy's TV comments about Trump possibly firing Mueller".
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".
Ruddy was at the White House on Monday but did not meet with the president, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy tells Judy Woodruff of "PBSNewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".
RUDDY: I already said I'm not going to reveal who my sources are, but that I felt confident in saying it. "I do not believe he will fire [Mueller]..."
Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly?
Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.
"Why don't you tell me?"
MARGARET BRENNAN: Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan expressed support today for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling and allegations of Trump campaign collusion.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, reacted to Ruddy's interview on Twitter.
"I personally think it would be it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel in this case", Ruddy added.
As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.
Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.
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