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18 June 2017, 01:35 | Floyd Cook
Trump Is Seriously Considering Terminating Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessionsrecused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.
Ruddy, who is a friend of the president's, said on PBS Monday, "I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel..."
"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.
He also added that he does not believe a special counsel is necessary.
She asked about news reports suggesting that President Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.
Several Trump-supporting media figures called for Robert Mueller to be fired; a Trump friend said the president was actually considering it; a Trump lawyer wouldn't rule it out; a conservative newspaper suggested Mueller faces a conflict of interest; and a top Trump surrogate accused him of partisan bias.
Even though the White House has denied Trump made comments about firing Mueller to Ruddy, many are still speculating as to what would happen if Trump tried to fire Mueller. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US and declared it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Donald Trump to the White House.
The official, who would not detail what the two discussed during the interview, said it took place on May 16.
"Can you think of one thing that Trump could do worse than fire Bob Mueller?".
Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.
Trump could ask Rosenstein to reconsider.
The new target is Bob Mueller. Trump himself does not have the authority to directly fire the special counsel.
"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.
First and foremost, Trump can not actually fire Mueller.
In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too - a series of events that would recall the "Saturday Night Massacre" during Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon sought to dismiss a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.
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