No plan to sack Russia probe head Robert Mueller: US justice official

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Rosenstein wrote a memo to Sessions on Comey, which was then used by the administration to justify firing the director for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case past year.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Firing Mr Mueller would be politically explosive and would raise new questions about Mr Trump, whose dismissal of Mr James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief led to charges of obstruction of justice - and to Mr Mueller's appointment.

Spicer had said that Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

Conservative media, led by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy, have suggested that the interview shows Mueller has a conflict in his special counsel investigation. "That was the beginning of the end of Mr. Nixon", said law Prof. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

Ruddy lashed out at Spicer and the White House communications team in a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, calling their behavior "amateur hour" and accusing them of failing the president. It is likely that he simply is trying to avoid inadvertently getting in the way. Investigators are also probing whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials.

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However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

The possibility that Trump might at some point want to fire Mueller has to be viewed quite seriously.

In a post of his own on Tuesday, The Washington Post's Philip Bump spelled out the number of steps Trump would need to take before he could fire Mueller, should he make that decision. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

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

Besides, he added, it should be Congress that carries out an investigation since it is given the role of oversight in the constitution.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

Solicitor general Robert Bork ultimately fired Cox.

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