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Trump vents against Attorney General Sessions and ponders firing special counsel Mueller

11 Abril 2018, 08:01 | Crisanna Felipe

Bloomberg via Getty Images The president responding to a question about the future of Mueller's investigation said it was"disgraceful what's going

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The president responding to a question about the future of Mueller's investigation said it was

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned why the FBI raided the office of President Trump's attorney on Monday, saying that the action was a "great overstep" in Robert Mueller's original Russian Federation investigation.

Cohen argues he didn't defame her and that Daniels is a liar because she previously denied the affair and now contends she had sex with Trump.

In exchange for the honorarium, Trump appeared over a video link at a conference hosted by Pinchuk in Kiev, Ukraine.

Maybe we shouldn't be as surprised by these revelations given that The New York Times has previously reported that Trump made a decision to fire Mueller last summer but was talked out of it by White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, on Monday called the raids "inappropriate and unnecessary". "The president ought to have confidence in Mueller", Grassley told Fox Business.

Zuckerberg is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of US social media during the 2016 elections - a subject of several congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference.

"Many people have said, 'You should fire him.' Again, they found nothing", Trump said of Mueller and his team.

And it wasn't until Monday that we even heard Trump publicly acknowledge that some people - ahem - think he should fire Mueller. True, Trump may gain some slight negotiating leverage from his good cop/crazy cop routine, but the destruction caused by his petulance and impulsiveness is also real.

Some of Trump's supporters did little to calm him, suggesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid was a violation of attorney-client privilege.

"Attorney-client privilege is dead!" In February, Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies, including the Internet Research Agency, with conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 election. But the raid was prompted, at least in part, by evidence or allegations uncovered by Mueller's team. Rosenstein is said to have directly signed off on the raids as the top Justice Department official with authority over the Russian Federation investigation.

First, Trump said that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, had led Mueller to resign his membership.

And the law enforcement action will nearly certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. The Enquirer's publisher, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 but never published her story.

The Times reported that agents seized documentation related to Cohen's $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which was made in October 2016.

Ernst said the matter should be investigated fully and findings presented to Congress.

"The president has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch - the Supreme Court has held that", said Dershowitz.

While state-level investigators could not prosecute federal crimes like election-law violations, such as accepting foreign political contributions, state investigators could lay some of the same charges Mueller has, like money-laundering. However, up until now, Dershowitz said he would advise Trump not to, because it looks bad. One source in close contact with the White House says any and all possibilities are in play.

"You know, I may not have been as consistent back then", Paul replied with a chuckle. Do I need this in my life? No. I've wanted to keep it down.

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