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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Nevertheless, if Mr Rosenstein refused to sack Mr Mueller, the President could just replace him with another Attorney-General who would.

The latest appointments from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation could be a more ominous indication of trouble on the horizon for the Trump administration.

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause". Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general who helped write the 1999 regulations, said that while it seems extraordinarily unlikely, Trump does technically have the right to fire Mueller.

"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said.

A source close to Trump, however, told The Daily Caller that the president is angry about Mueller's close ties to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Jim Comey and did consider firing him.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) then asked if Rosenstein would fire Mueller if he was asked. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says", he testifies.

Mr Trump claimed he had been personally vindicated by Mr Comey's testimony last week confirming that he was not under investigation himself for links to Russian Federation.

A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview last night that the United States president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.

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Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

A day later, Trump's buddy Chris Ruddy, the CEO of conservative outlet Newsmax, went on PBS' Newshour and said he believed the president was actually entertaining such a thing.

A source close to the president said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move such as firing the special counsel.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring". Coulter suggested that because Comey had testified that Trump hadn't been personally under investigation while he was FBI director, the goal of Mueller's commission "is now over". "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

The possibility that Trump might at some point want to fire Mueller has to be viewed quite seriously.

White House staffers have nonetheless sought to talk Trump down from the idea.

Former United States attorney Barbara McQuade, who served under the Barack Obama administration, told the Daily Beast if Trump fired Mueller "and it could be shown that his objective was to impede the investigation, it could be additional evidence of obstruction of justice".

He says the suggestion he was "aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country which I have served for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie".

"I never said I spoke to the President", he added. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

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