White House Says Trump Won't Fire Special Counsel Leading Russia Probe

Posted June 19, 2017

For all of these reasons, I believe there is a serious question as to whether Mueller can be impartial in investigating and deciding whether to prosecute an obstruction of justice claim against Trump.

During a hearing on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) before a joint House and Senate appropriations subcommittee, Rosenstein was asked whether he had seen any evidence of that. His spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would later tell reporters the president "has no intention" to dismiss Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while testifying before Congress. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Second, he said Congress could muck up Mueller's investigation.

"I have talked to the president recently but we did not talk about the Mueller situation at all", Ruddy said.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

On Monday, one of President Trump's confidantes told PBS that Trump is allegedly considering firing special counsel Bob Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. Trump surrogates like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich don't believe Trump would take such an explosive step. "And the next day, he's now maybe using some of that information in his investigation".

Ruddy lashed out at Spicer and the White House communications team in a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, calling their behavior "amateur hour" and accusing them of failing the president.

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"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, told PBS' "News Hour" on Monday. "I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said. "Look who he is hiring".

Firing Mueller might tilt the race for control of the House to the Democrats. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a drastic step, and White House officials said Ruddy had not met directly with the president while he was there. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

Tuesday morning, in a statement to CNN, Ruddy disputed Spicer's comments. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification. Later in the day, however, Ruddy tweeted that he had been assured by presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner that Priebus was doing an "amazing job". "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorised to comment".

"I think if you're putting out press releases at 11:00 at night saying that Chris Ruddy did not speak with the president on this matter, when I never said I did, it is ridiculous, isn't it?"