Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller.

Mark Levin, another prominent radio host, has also called for Mueller's firing.

Both Democrats and Republicans pushed back.

Republicans said on Tuesday that it would look awful for Trump to fire Mueller, whose investigation covers possible collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump administration.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated", Ryan said.

Rosenstein said he is leaving to Mueller decisions about what the investigation covers. The need to be thorough. "But we also have a duty to serve the people that elected us to fix the problems that they are confronting in their daily lives and that's what we're doing".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, interrupted one question directed at the speaker on the topic, saying "you're creating a debate that's not happening".

President Donald Trump is taking to Twitter denounce reports that the Russian Federation investigation is widening to examine whether he tried to obstruct justice. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

The department would not comment on the record on whether Trump, who has repeatedly complained about leaks on the case, requested the statement. The move would be Nixonian.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Gingrich tweeted after praising Mueller's integrity in recent weeks.

Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee. He too said Mueller should be left to conduct his investigation independently. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron. That's what I would do. Justice Department regulations specify that a special counsel can only be removed for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", and that the "specific reason" must be spelled out in writing. I never said that the President told me.

So perhaps the country is lucky that President Trump's allies have floated the possibility that he might fire special counsel Robert Mueller. "Don't waste our time".

But Ruddy continued to double, triple and quadruple down Tuesday morning. "I think Jeb was a fantastic governor of the state of Florida".

Another White House official told the Daily Beast it would "suicide" for Trump to get rid of the special counsel.

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