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

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

In May, Rosenstein had announced the appointment of Mueller, a former FBI director, to serve as special counsel overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy's claims.

Republicans said on Tuesday that it would look bad for Trump to fire Mueller, whose investigation covers possible collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump administration. According to the Times, the president began toying with the idea of dismissing Mueller shortly after he was appointed following the dismissal F.B.I. director James Comey, who was, at the time, overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Trump ally Newt Gingrich has been calling for Mueller's removal, tweeting on Monday that "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel.

But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the administration official who actually has the authority to fire Mueller, threw cold water on that prospect in Senate testimony Tuesday morning.

Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon's firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that "third-rate burglary", a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general? "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue".

Later during the hearing, he said in response to a question from another senator, "If there were good cause [to fire Mueller] I would consider it".

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I think that Mueller shouldn't have taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau.

"I assume Rosenstein won't be party to such a farce", Lederman wrote, suggesting that the deputy attorney general might very well defy such an order to fire Mueller and resign. Trump, who isn't typically shy about levelling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

And that is, the president's declined so far to say one way or the other whether there is audio recording in the Oval Office, in the White House, and that whether his conversations with Director Comey could have been recorded. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]". And all of his answers seemed intended as a signal that to fire Mueller without an extremely good reason, Trump would have to fire him too.

Mr Rosenstein has also acknowledged that "theoretically" Mr Mueller could be removed from the position as special counsel, potentially undermining his investigation. "Look who he is hiring".

"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

So, we know you have been talking to folks inside the White House.

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