Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante


No 2 official at US Justice Department told Congress that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's alleged interference in 2016 US presidential election, will have "the full degree of independence" he needs.

Rosenstein replied "We're not briefing the Oval Office, so I don't know how they would get there".

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the move would be a "disaster" and, he added, "There's no reason to fire Mueller".

Mueller is assembling a high-powered team of Washington legal talent, including Michael Dreeben, a former Justice Department lawyer who has argued 100 cases before the Supreme Court, and Andrew Weissmann, chief of the Justice Department's fraud section who oversaw corruption investigations including the Volkswagen cheating probe. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no". Mr Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mr Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.

"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.

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If Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller, or tried to do it himself by repealing the special counsel regulations, Congress would then need to exercise its constitutional power to check the president, Rangappa said.

Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller. And when asked I said that to the president".

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

Speaker Gingrich also discussed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate testimony, and said that he believes he will be forthcoming about his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. However, Lederman said he thought it "virtually unimaginable" that Rosenstein would go that route.

ROSENSTEIN: If he were, senator, I wouldn't talk about it.

Rosenstein told lawmakers during a Justice Department budget hearing on Tuesday that he hasn't seen a "good cause" for firing Mueller. Then on Monday, Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy, a right-wing media executive, told "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process. "I think it was the right thing to do under the circumstances and I'm going to defend the integrity of that investigation".

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The comments came a day after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying the president was considering dismissing Mueller.

Conservative news outlets have been working hard to discredit Mueller in recent days, citing what Fox News' Sean Hannity called his "massive conflict of interest"-a friendship with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey". Ryan continued, "This is a rumor that came out last night".

Welker pushed back, telling Ruddy, "you did raise this issue so I just want to nail down - why do you feel confident it was an option?"

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committees, 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.

"Originally [they asked] him, 'have you met with Russians in your campaign role?' said Speaker Gingrich".

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