White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

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A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview last night that the United States president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In an interview on CNN's "New Day", Ruddy said, "I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel".

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment.

Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired on the orders of President Donald Trump. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

"This is an illegitimate special counsel", Ruddy said.

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

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Rosenstein told lawmakers that he had not seen good cause to fire the special counsel.

"In the best case, the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on thoroughly and independently", Ryan told reporters Tuesday.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy told PBS that Trump was considering getting rid of Mueller, and other Trump confidants ― most prominently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ― have been airing criticisms of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and questioning his objectivity. "With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation. The Times report said that Trump considered firing Mueller, something TheDC's source confirmed.

Comey said Trump told him he hoped Comey would "let go" of his investigation of the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and also asked Comey to pledge his personal loyalty and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation probe.

"I felt that I was required to under the rules of the Department of Justice", he told the committee on Tuesday, adding that he gradually realised he would have to step down.

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Some of Mr Trump's allies have begun questioning Mr Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies. And unless there was sufficient reason to fire Mueller, he offered, "it wouldn't matter what anybody said".

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump. He said Trump is "actually pretty confident" that "ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is all going to go away". "I think he is weighing that option".

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

A close associate of Trump told PBS NewsHour on June 13 that Trump was considering firing Mueller one month after he fired former FBI Director James Comey, who previously headed the Russian Federation investigation. "This process has to play out because of what he did with [fired FBI director James] Comey and also calling for the investigation to end".

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News linking Mueller to Comey.

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