Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican, said during a press conference on Tuesday, "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently", meaning the president should not interfere with Mueller's work.

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.

Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., asked Rosenstein: Why would the deputy attorney general have written a memo to Sessions that was "exclusively" about a matter from which Sessions was recused?

Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table".

Essentially, Rosenstein is saying he would not approach a presidential order to fire Mueller in the same way that he approached the president's request to come up with a pretext for firing FBI Director James Comey.

"I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said.

Ruddy said the ethics behind Mueller's presence are concerning considering how he was appointed to be special counsel.

If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation. "And in fact, the chain of command of the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general", Rosenstein told the Senate committee, "or in this case the acting attorney general, so nobody else in the department would have authority to do that".

"He actually does not know what we're investigating and I'm not going to talk about it publicly", he said. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

During an interview on Fox Business, Gohmert argued that it was time to drop Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion by people connected to Trump.

A White House official that Ruddy was "speaking for himself and did not speak to the president". Then, crucially, he says that according to the special counsel regulations, Mueller "may be fired only for good cause", and that he is "required to put that cause in writing".

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

"He couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, I think that's a mistake to pretend that this is some neutral investigation". "Look who he is hiring".

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. 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?

In yet another blow to the president's agenda, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump's executive order limiting travel to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. This was after a February meeting in which Comey said Trump told Sessions and others to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"His answer was that he misunderstood the question", said Speaker Gingrich, and he believes that to be true.

It was no t clear whether Mr Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Mr Sekulow's comments.

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