Prominent Trump supporters are pushing for firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

After President Donald Trump's friend, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, said Monday night that Trump is considering firing Mueller, Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing.

In his interview with "NewsHour", Ruddy said: "I personally think [seeking to remove Mueller] would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification for a special counsel in this case". A White House official told BuzzFeed that Ruddy was "speaking for himself and did not speak to the president".

Cornyn added that he trusts the former FBI director, who is widely respected in Washington, to conduct the investigation into Russia's election meddling and any ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation. That leaves deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in the first place. "Former Speaker-if you want to see the President on a fast track to impeachment, then he should take this advice and fire Mueller". Shortly after Mueller's appointment was announced last month, Trump floated the idea of firing him, but staffers sought to squash the idea, which they believed would "turn a bad situation into a catastrophe", The Times reported Tuesday. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked if Trump was considering firing Mueller.

'No, I don't think Trump should do anything to him, ' Gingrich told Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said any move to oust Mueller would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.

Mueller was interviewed by the Justice Department and by the president for the director's position, according to a senior White House official. Read Also: Trump faces new lawsuit over business empireSeveral lawmakers came out in support of Mueller.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

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