Who could fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Jun 20, 2017, 00:47
Who could fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, on Tuesday said: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause". Robert Mueller isn't a contestant on The Apprentice.

Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

The president is nonetheless angered by the investigation, which he has described as a "witch hunt", The New York Times reported.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday. Democrats and millions of Americans won't buy it, but Mueller's reputation would be hard to question and that could put an end to it. "Trump is definitely considering it ... it's not something that's being dismissed", Ruddy said. Ruddy says he does not believe Trump will follow through on his consideration to remove Mueller. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.

Sources told The Times that staff worked to talk Trump out of firing Mueller, what they viewed would have been a disastrous decision for the administration.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

"I'm not a flak for the White House".

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A longtime friend of Trump, Chris Ruddy, first told PBS Monday that Trump was considering firing Mueller.

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

Some rank-and-file Republicans on Tuesday voiced concerns that ousting Mueller a month after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey would appear as obstruction of justice.

Ruddy later confirmed that he and the president hadn't discussed the matter personally.

But Ruddy on Tuesday opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel.

The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Paul Rothstein of Georgetown University, who affirmed the legality of a hypothetical Mueller firing, but noted the "tremendous political repercussions". He served 12 years as a Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on April 19. "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Mr. Gingrich tweeted. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too.

When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes".

Speculation continued unabated and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the counsel, was asked about it at a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. 'I think he's weighing that option. "I don't question his integrity at all, but he has to be careful not to create the impression of partiality".

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