Firing Mueller would be a stupid, reckless act even for Trump

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

News outlets have been speculating that Mueller would be fired after NewsMax Media CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS during an interview Monday that President Donald Trump was "considering" firing the special counsel.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause.

'No, I don't think Trump should do anything to him, ' Gingrich told Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

Rosenstein said the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes". "Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.

The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.

Mueller's investigation will oversee an FBI probe into whether members of Trump's campaign team and his associates colluded to help Russian Federation with its interference in the election. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".

Dianne Feinstein of California, Rosenstein testified that now he would have to assent to Mueller's firing because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from investigations involving the 2016 campaign and that he would not now do so because he did not see the good cause that is required by the special counsel law. Trump could order Rod Rosenstein, the acting attorney general, to do it. Rosenstein could refuse to and resign, in which case Trump would go down the chain of command at the Department of Justice until he found an official willing to do so.

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.", he said.

Just weeks ago, Mr. Gingrich had heaped praise on Mr. Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

There is no reason to fire the independent head of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, the Justice Department's number two said Tuesday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

No such allegations against Trump or anyone on his staff have been made, Ruddy said.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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