White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

Posted June 19, 2017

Starting over the weekend, Trump surrogates began floating the idea that the president is thinking about ousting Robert Mueller, the widely respected special counsel who is investigating possible Trump campaign ties to Russian spies and hackers - and any related actions that might impact that investigation, such as alleged obstruction of justice by the president. "You have my assurance that we are faithfully going to follow that regulation, and Director Mueller is going to have the independence he needs". And the White House has said - nothing.

Mueller's investigation will oversee an FBI probe into whether members of Trump's campaign team and his associates colluded to help Russian Federation with its interference in the election.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller". The Times report said that Trump considered firing Mueller, something TheDC's source confirmed.

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Ruddy had been at the White House the same day, though White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he did not meet with the president.

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, in recent days Mueller's impartiality as special counsel has been questioned by some Trump supporters.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said. The Times reported Trump had been bothered by conservative news reports that Mueller was close to James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director whom Trump fired in May.

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"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. The move came on the heels of word that Trump had asked Comey in February to jettison the bureau's investigation into Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Before Ruddy: On ABC Sunday, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow perhaps got all this started by refusing to rule out the possibility of Trump firing Mueller. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake".

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place. Newt Gingrich, who is close to Trump, tweeted: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. His spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would later tell reporters the president "has no intention" to dismiss Mueller. This left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of all things Russia-related, and it was Rosenstein who, in May, appointed Mueller to lead the investigation. But how prudent is it for Trump to allow the fate of his presidency to rest in the hands of a friend and former comrade of Jim Comey? "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

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