Knives coming out: Trump fans float the idea of firing investigator Mueller

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

Given former FBI Director James Comey's testimony that there is no collusion between President Trump and Russian Federation to do with the campaign, the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation should be dramatically narrowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to simply the leaks and the Obama administration unmaskings to led to this witch hunt in the first place.

Rumors that Trump was considering firing Mueller - whom the Justice Department appointed to investigate allegations that Trump's presidential campaign may have coordinated with Russian Federation - emerged Monday afternoon in a Washington version of the game Telephone.

Whether this is the White House floating a trial balloon or softening the ground for a future move, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said Ruddy and Trump did not speak on Monday and Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered a separate statement. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue.

Still, his remarks prompted this reply on Twitter from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, who said the committee would simply reappoint Mueller and then advised the president: "Don't waste our time". "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do".

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added.

Before the rumor took on a life of its own, prominent Republicans had began questioning Mueller's mandate and his fitness to carry it out.

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Several lawmakers, especially Democrats, asked the leaders of the committee to insist it be open to the public and the press. Session recused himself from that investigation last March after it emerged he met with Kislyak in 2016.

Firing Mueller would be a politically explosive move that would raise new questions about Trump, whose dismissal of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment.

Further, Ruddy told PBS' Judy Woodruff that Mr. Trump met with Mueller a few days before he was appointed special counsel, in order to talk to him about taking another turn as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I think that's just nonsense".

CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013.

Ruddy said the president was weighing whether to dismiss Mueller because of concerns about conflicts of interest. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Mr Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Mr Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview on Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Mr Trump might at some point order deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to sack Mr Mueller. And it was Rosenstein who appointed Mueller in the first place.

Nixon directed Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox, but Richardson resigned rather than comply.

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