Trump mulling firing special counsel on Russia Robert Mueller

Posted June 26, 2017

Was it about reports suggesting he was planning to fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller, a highly respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who has been tasked to take over FBI's Russian Federation probe?

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause". "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.

Special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller could only be fired by Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sanders said Trump saw part of Sessions's testimony and "thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job and, in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

Under questioning from Van Hollen, Rosenstein also testified that removing the special counsel in order to prevent the investigation-as Trump himself implied he did in the firing of Comey-would also not constitute good cause.

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

As Rosenstein went on to say, "I've been a prosecutor for 27 years, we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigations".

Ruddy originally shared his belief with PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour" Monday after visiting the White House earlier.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Mr. Gingrich tweeted. I know Bob Mueller.

'Yeah, all I've heard so much are rumors, ' Ryan said during his Capitol Hill presser Tuesday morning. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue.

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.

Neither Trump nor Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered public support for Mueller.

"I think he's weighing that option", Mr.

If accurate, the report would also indicate Trump still has no understanding of the position the appointment of a special counsel has placed him in.

Stephanopoulos had asked the member of Trump's legal team if the president would promise not to order his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Meanwhile, a chorus of Trump supporters, from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to commentator Ann Coulter, is assailing Mueller's independence.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that while he feels "independent counsels are very risky", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.