June 28, 2017

Donald Trump has no intention to fire Robert Mueller: White House

16 June 2017, 05:37 | Grady King

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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. "Trump is definitely considering's not something that's being dismissed", Ruddy said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

It took about 24 hours, but the White House has knocked down speculation that President Donald Trump considered firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller. "I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he chose to fire me because of that", he said.

On Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's spokesman, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his 1.7 million followers.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said. So their findings - whatever findings Mueller might come up with would go to Congress, and then Congress would have to make decisions about whether to pursue impeachment.

"But it is going to be investigated and so we will soon know". Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has "confidence" in Mueller.

Mueller, himself a widely respected former head of the FBI, has now taken up the angle of possible efforts by Trump to obstruct justice in the investigation, the Post said. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina and Senator Mark Warner of California, the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intel Committee respectively, confirmed the meeting with Special Counsel Mueller in a joint statement.

WASHINGTON | Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

Last week, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had informed Trump that there was no investigation of the president's personal conduct, at least while he was leading the FBI.

Ahead of the hearing there had been suggestions that Sessions might have had a third, unreported, encounter with Kislyak in April 2016, at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, where candidate Trump was giving his first major foreign policy speech.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

"But what we know is, he didn't do anything about it, right?"

"I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said.

As part of the probe, the special counsel has also gathered Comey's written accounts of his conversations with Trump. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

It is not clear whether the White House could use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to the investigators.

Then, when Sessions appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he refused to answer key questions about the firing, claiming he owed a duty of confidentiality to the president. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

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