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17 June 2017, 07:29 | Opal Carroll
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump is considering firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating if Russian Federation colluded in last year's bitter election campaign, a friend of the USA president said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
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.
But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said.
Many news outlets last night and this morning are reporting that President Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, had responded Wednesday evening to the Postreport by saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy toldCNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.
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.
Investigators for the special counsel investigating questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election will soon speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Investigation
In one memo , Comey said Trump tried to direct him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn . ABC News reported that Mr Rosenstein has told colleagues privately that he may have to step aside from the investigation.
"I think he's weighing that option, " Ruddy said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour.
Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI DirectorJames Comey, May 9.
After Mr Comey's testimony, Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Mr Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.
"Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation, " Rosenstein said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.
The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller.
Meanwhile Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley said his panel would investigate the removal of Mr Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".
A White House official that Ruddy was "speaking for himself and did not speak to the president".
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