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Trump 'mulls firing Special Counsel' in Russian Federation probe

19 June 2017, 12:45 | Opal Carroll

He also said that he believed it would be "a very significant mistake" for Trump to fire Mueller, but emphasized that he was concerned about what he described as conflicts. He described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation.

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

"If there were good cause I would consider it", said Mr Rosenstein. (Message: I'll protect you.) He allegedly told Comey the next day, "I hope you can let this go".

President Donald Trump may consider firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Conservative media, led by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy, have suggested that the interview shows Mueller has a conflict in his special counsel investigation. We don't have to believe former FBI Director James Comey's account of Trump's threats and blandishments. Rosenstein wrote a memo to Sessions on Comey, which was then used by the administration to justify firing the director for his handling of the Clinton case. The political blow back would be considerable, especially if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein felt compelled to resign.

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Trump, Ruddy said, "was looking at [Mueller] potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director". White House officials confirmed that Ruddy was the White House Monday, but said he didn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue. He is scheduled to testify before two congressional hearings Tuesday and is likely to face even more pointed questions about the Russian Federation probe and the independence of the Justice Department in light of Ruddy's comments.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".

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Mr Sessions was revealed to have met the Russian ambassador twice past year, meetings that he did not indicate during the Senate confirmation hearing approving his appointment.

Point (3) may require an assessment of the precise reason for Comey's discharge - e.g., was it the director's unwillingness to say Trump wasn't being investigated; was it the director's persistence in investigating Flynn; was it general dissatisfaction with the pace or course of the investigation?

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

Created almost 20 years ago by Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno, the special counsel was "the right answer", Starr said, because it while is within the executive branch of government, the role is "assured of practical independence through binding regulations".

Speaking before a joint House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Rosenstein struck a more somber tone, assuring the lawmakers that he was aware of "no secret plan" to oust Mueller.

The calamity over Comey's firing was bad enough - it raised immediate comparisons to Watergate, and Comey's Senate testimony last week raised questions about whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

It was unclear over the weekend if the hearing would be open or closed, but late Monday morning, the committee's chair and vice-chair, Sen.



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