White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:11
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump chose to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
The White House dismissed Ruddy's comments - but not by saying Mueller is safe.
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, Rosenstein is the acting attorney general overseeing Mueller's probe. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is unafraid to tangle with Trump, said firing Mueller would be "a disaster, " since the special counsel had done nothing to be fired.
President Trump is so out of touch with reality that he thinks he can threaten special counsel Robert Mueller into clearing him on the Russian Federation scandal.
Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.
"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said. "I think he's weighing that option". Comey himself said when he testified before the Senate last week that he was "sure" that Mueller's investigation would look into a potential obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump.
The revelation came after Ruddy was at the White House on Monday for a meeting with Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Jeanne Shaheen. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.
"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said, adding he had confidence in Mueller.
Some of Mr Trump's allies have begun questioning Mr Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", an official said.
Gingrich struck a different chord in an interview with CBS' "This Morning" on Tuesday, flatly denying that Trump is considering firing Mueller.
When Ruddy declined, Spicer issued his own statement.
Meanwhile, a chorus of Trump supporters, from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to commentator Ann Coulter, is assailing Mueller's independence.
It's hard to say how much credibility should be attached to Christopher Ruddy's remark on PBS and later on CNN.
Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference. The interview took place several days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the interview, which was was first reported by PBS. On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the ranking member of the House Committee on Intelligence, said that if Mueller were fired, Congress would rehire him again as an independent counsel beyond the reach of the president or Department of Justice.