Trump may sack special counsel in Russian Federation inquiry, says friend
- Author: Jack Mann Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 0:22
CNN has reported at the time that the White House was given only a brief heads up that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was naming Mueller to oversee Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion from Trump's campaign associates.
Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr. Mueller.
"At this point have you seen any evidence of "good cause" for firing of special counsel Mueller?"
Ruddy, who is a friend of the president's, said on PBS Monday, "I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel..." "While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday after a day of speculation over Mr. Mueller's fate.
Ruddy made waves in a Monday, telling anchor Judy Woodruff he'd been at the White House and that he could report that Trump is considering having former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is leading the special investigation, removed. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) asked what would happen if Trump found someone other than Rosenstein who would fire Mueller (implying that under such circumstances, Trump fired Rosenstein and replaced him).
"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein responded.
The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.
One would think that history would be enough to persuade Trump that firing Mueller is a road he doesn't want to travel.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has confidence in the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in USA elections.
'We know now for sure there is no collusion between the administration and Russian Federation, ' he continued, citing no evidence, as two congressional probes and the FBI-turned-Mueller investigation carries on. "I stand by that appointment".
However, another Republican, current House Speaker Paul Ryan, told reporters, "I think in the best case for the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on fairly and independently".
"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.
As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.
The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.
"Let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said.
"No, because it's not necessary, the department is a hierarchy and so nothing gets to the attorney general about matters he's recused from unless they come through my office", Rosenstein said. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.