Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller -White House

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel.

Asked if he had confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Mr Sessions replied: "I have confidence in Mr Mueller but I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals", noting that he was not involved in the Russian Federation investigation. "So I would consider it and if there was good cause I would do it and if there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter what anybody said". Considering that Rosenstein appointed Mueller, and without that "good cause", it seems likely that Rosenstein would resign. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

A report in The New York Times said the president had indeed weighed the possibility, was dissuaded by staff, and has since landed on the idea of simply pressuring Mueller by letting him know he could be fired.

"There's no debate that's going on here", Ryan said after a reporter asked about suggestions from Trump friends Ruddy and Newt Gingrich that Mueller could be axed.

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.

"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said. He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, and he thought Mueller "ought to review that". The president subsequently abolished the office of the special prosecutor and turned over to the Justice Department all further responsibility for investigating Watergate.

"No, I have not", Mr. Rosenstein replied, adding: "You have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation, and Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Ruddy told ABC News that he stands by his comments that the president is considering asking Rosenstein to terminate Mueller.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

Robert Mueller should stay away from Fifth Avenue. The White House saying Ruddy never spoke directly with the President about Mueller.

Sessions frustrated some committee members by refusing to answer questions about the president: Had Trump complained about his recusing himself, as reported in the press?

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation to require the step because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. "And the next day he's now maybe using some of that information in his investigation".

Yet during the hearing, Sen.

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