Joe Scarborough: Donald Trump Never Discussed Firing Robert Mueller as Special Counsel

Marco Green
June 19, 2017

Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of PBS, "I think he's weighing that option". So perhaps the country is lucky that President Trump's allies have floated the possibility that he might fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Ruddy also said Trump had interviewed Mueller for the role of FBI director before Mueller was named special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

Needless to say, Ruddy's comments caused quite a stir, but top Trump administration officials were out in force t0 claim the statement isn't true.

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.

CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013. Short of impeachment, only the attorney general - in this case, Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - can do so. Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing.

But both Rosenstein and Sessions serve at the pleasure of the president, and if Rosenstein refused to fire Mueller, in theory, Trump could appoint someone to Rosenstein's job who would do his bidding, just as Nixon did after the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre", where Robert Bork (yes, that Robert Bork) carried out Nixon's wishes.

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.

Rumors that Trump was considering firing Mueller - whom the Justice Department appointed to investigate allegations that Trump's presidential campaign may have coordinated with Russian Federation - emerged Monday afternoon in a Washington version of the game Telephone.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. "Look who he is hiring", tweeted former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.

Citing "three sources who are about as high as it gets in the White House" excluding the president, Scarborough said that "every one of them said the same thing: Ruddy does not speak for the president, and the president never said that". "Don't waste our time".

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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