Trump longtime pal says he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller


The man in charge of the FBI's investigation on potential Russian interference in the 2016 US election may be headed for the exit door.

The White House said in a statement that Ruddy 'never spoke to the President regarding this issue'.

Among them is Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, who laid out a convincing case for firing Mueller as special counsel in charge of investigating alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.

In a letter sent to both committee chairs, Sessions said that he would send Rosenstein to the appropriations hearings, since "some members [of the committees] have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, from which I have recused".

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

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White House Deputy Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Ruddy "speaks for himself" and not the administration. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".

Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel.

When asked by the pool of reporters covering a midday meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House whether he supported Mueller, Trump gave no answer, even though he often uses such interactions to make headlines or shoot down stories he believes to be fake.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", Schiff said in a tweet.

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

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"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".

Noted Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, reversed himself this week and began attacking Mueller as a vicious partisan whose hiring of Democratic loyalists as deputies has cast his impartiality into doubt.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that Trump hadn't discussed the Mueller matter with Ruddy, the Newsmax CEO.

I want to ask you about that, because there are some Republicans out there saying that Robert Mueller shouldn't be doing this job.

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. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

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