Trump has 'no intention' to fire Mueller

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

In his interview Ruddy claimed Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel.

Chris Ruddy, a confidant of Mr Trump, stunned Washington when he suggested that the president was considering "terminating" Robert Mueller, the former FBI director appointed last month to lead a special counsel investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the United States election. "Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing. I think it is", Ruddy said.

The startling assertion on Monday came as some of Mr Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mr Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.

Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team's words, but he did call Spicer's statement "bizarre".

During a press conference on May 18, the day after Mueller was named special counsel, ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Trump if his appointment was the right move.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

"He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy regarding appropriate contacts with the White House", Sessions said.

Despite that, Trump is stewing over the Mueller-led investigation in the same way he did with Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he wouldn't follow orders from President Donald Trump or anyone else to fire special counsel Robert Mueller unless they were "lawful and appropriate orders".

In his special counsel role, Mueller has assumed all the powers of a federal prosecutor - including subpoena authority.

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has "confidence" in Mueller.

"If there were good cause, I would consider it". The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month's firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

Republicans in Congress are also shaking off the notion that Trump could fire Mueller. "Trump is definitely considering's not something that's being dismissed", Ruddy said.

Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey implored Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but Sessions didn't respond.

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