Donald Trump has no intention of firing Robert Mueller: White House

Claudine Rigal
Juin 16, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks to Associated Press Chief White House Correspondent Julie Pace in the Oval Office in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Sanders declined to say whether Trump had confidence in Mueller. That decision would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who testified Tuesday in a Senate budget hearing he would only fire Mueller for good cause and has seen no evidence of that.

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. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.

Mueller had earned the respect by both Democrats and Republicans during his 12-year leadership as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, serving both the Bush and Obama presidencies from 2001-2013. White House officials and a person close to Trump's personal attorney said Trump is not planning to make any moves on Mueller.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to".

Trump has over and over again professed his innocence on allegations raised against him and his campaign but both the bipartisan Senate and House intelligence committees, the DOJ, FBI and other US intelligence agencies have found reasons and basis to push the investigation forward because at the core of this probe is to protect the integrity of the democratic institutions that Russian Federation has been trying (and succeeding) to meddle in.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind.

Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, and both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

The discussion on Mueller's investigation came after some of Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - began questioning whether the wide-ranging probe is becoming too political. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Can the President indeed fire the special counsel? "That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen". Ruddy had not met directly with the President while he was there.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.

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