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

Trump may 'terminate' Russian Federation probe's Mueller says president's pal

"I think he's considering, perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour. Ruddy re-argued that Mueller's special counsel status was "illegitimate" because Trump interviewed him for a government position shortly before Mueller was placed in his current role.

He told Woodruff he thinks firing Mueller "would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel".

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Firing Mueller would be a politically explosive move that would likely create a firestorm of harsh criticism from Congress and the public, who overwhelmingly support an independent Russian Federation investigation. Trump could alternatively direct the Justice Department to repeal the regulation, potentially allowing the president to directly fire a special counsel.

The authority to appoint a special counsel fell to Rosenstein, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia case because of his failure to disclose during his January confirmation hearing pre-election meetings he had Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

He added: "Given what we know, there is very little chance Special Counsel Robert Mueller will bring an obstruction charge". Rosenstein appears to be saying that unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who serves at the pleasure of the president, there is a far higher bar to fire the special counsel - there must be good cause, and he wouldn't do it without good cause.

How reliable Ruddy's comments are is open to question.

While Gingrich said he would not recommend that Mr. Trump should fire Mueller, he questioned the investigation's impartiality since Mueller has so far hired four Democratic attorneys. That would have to be done by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, given that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from DOJ's Russian Federation investigation.

Ruddy also told CNN Spicer called him last night to ask him to issue a statement saying he didn't speak with Trump personally, but he refused.

Ruddy, who is chief executive of Newsmax Media and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, confirmed his view in a text message to The Washington Post but did not elaborate.

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently and thoroughly". "Don't waste our time". His preface struck the right note of astonishment that we're even discussing this topic: "This seems like such a bad idea - for the nation, and for the president - that I have a hard time believing it is a live possibility".

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