Giovedi, 19 Luglio, 2018

White House Says Trump Has 'No Intention' To Fire Special Counsel

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 03:57

It might mean that he'd have to fire deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, too, the man who appointed Mueller in the first place.

The White House downplayed Ruddy's comments.

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Mr Trump fired Mr Mueller they would try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

Later Tuesday, Rosenstein told a Senate panel that he would not follow an edict from Trump to fire Mueller unless he believed the order was "lawful and appropriate".

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said. Gen. Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation connected with the election.

The night before Tuesday's senate intelligence committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the sudden question of whether President Donald Trump might fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller prompted alarm from Democrats and notes of caution from Republicans.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.


Mueller was appointed special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey early last month.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led one line of attack with a tweet that said "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]".

Ruddy said the president was weighing whether to dismiss Mueller because of concerns about conflicts of interest.

Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel. And, again, if Trump fired him, that would be a selfish act of obstruction of justice, and again, it would be grounds for impeachment. The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month's firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

According to the report, Trump has told staff, visitors and advisers over the last week that he thought Mueller was part of a "witch hunt" against him.

"In the best case, the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on thoroughly and independently", Ryan told reporters Tuesday.

Now, Trump could order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. If the insane scenario that got me to this point in the hypothetical decision chain materializes, Congress would rise up quickly to stop the President, and the pressure on the cabinet would be enormous as well. Ruddy had not met directly with the President while he was there. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", an official said.

Under Department of Justice rules, it is actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call, though the president could bypass that protocol.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

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