Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

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

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".

Regarding Ruddy's comments, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr".

The New York Times reported that to fire Mueller, Trump would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein to turn back regulations that protect the special counsel from being fired for no good reason.

Members are using the event as a chance to grill Rosenstein about other topics, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election and Rosenstein's decision to tap Mueller as special counsel. Sessions has recused himself from that investigation.

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

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator". Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Attorney General Jeff Session, right, and Vice President Mike Pence attend a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

For many, the prospect of Mueller's firing immediately brought to mind the 1973 dismissal of special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal.

Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter. Responding to the report on Fox & Friends, Ingraham said defiantly that "this is fake news".

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself". Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN.

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

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