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Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Justice Department's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's election, will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

As to whether Trump could ever fire Mueller, that would be an issue the president would discuss with his advisers, Sekulow said.

'[Mueller] interviewed the day before - a few days before he was appointed for special counsel with the president, who was looking at him potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director, ' Ruddy claimed.

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever".

'I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel.

Mr Schiff spoke out after a friend of Mr Trump, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, emerged from the White House and said the President was considering "terminating" Mr Mueller.

"Just a reminder that our President is basically the kid from that "wish them into the cornfield" Twilight Zone episode", tweeted Ken "Popehat" White about Trump's "volatility".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of a Senate appropriations subcommittee that he is the only person who is able to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and that he has seen no reason to do so.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

While the president is deeply suspicious of Mueller, his anger is reserved for Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe and for Comey.

Iran blames U.S. for creation of Daesh, regional instability
They have problems with the existence of Islamic Republic of Iran... "So, it will probably be abandoned by Tehran ", Karim said. Authorities have arrested as many as 41 people suspected of links to the terror group.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things", Ryan said.

Trump does have the authority to remove the special counsel.

"First, most simply, Trump could order Mueller fired", Katyal said.

Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. After Mueller's appointment was announced last month, Trump floated the idea of firing him, but staffers sought to squash the idea, which they believed would "turn a bad situation into a catastrophe", The Times reported.

Mr Ruddy was at the White House on Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

The pushback also represented growing willingness among staffers to try to keep Trump from making damaging mistakes - an important change in a White House dominated by a president who often demands obeisance.

The new talk about dismissing Mr Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Trump's attorney took to ABC News to say he wouldn't "speculate" on whether or not Trump would fire Mueller.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. "One of them worked for the Clinton Foundation", Gingrich said on CBS' "This Morning." "And for this president, if he does decide to [fire Mueller], it would be a big problem for him politically". Mr Trump considers the inquiry a "witch hunt". "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently", he told host Judy Woodruff Monday.

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