Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

"The fallout from the firing of Mueller would likely be as explosive as (Richard Nixon's) firing of special counsel Archibald Cox in 1973".

As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, implying he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

The White House has denied those claims. Most felt as though the decision was a non-partisan one, one which was supported by Republicans and Democrats alike.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Ruddy did not speak with Trump about firing Mueller as special counsel and other White House aides suggested the Newsmax CEO was only speaking for himself.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless. "I think it is", Ruddy said. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

ROSENSTEIN: The way the department operates is very different from a law firm. "With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind. Ruddy, however, did not meet with the president that evening as their meeting was postponed, NBC News reported.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that if Trump fired Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke critically of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, calling special counsels "very unsafe".

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever". It may only be a matter of time before some of that attention is directed at Mr Mueller, however. It's time for the Republican party to stand up and say, "enough is enough!". Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing.

In appointing Mueller last month, Rosenstein said that the "public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".

But I guess the question is: How does he-so in the attorney general's what appears to be only statement that Jeff Sessions made on this - I may be incorrect - but the main statement was March 2nd 2017: 'I've chose to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States'. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Mr Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. "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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