WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Mueller is a former FBI Director who unlike Trump understands how Washington, D.C works.

The sound of sharpening knives echoed everwhere Monday.

Christopher Ruddy, a longtime Trump friend, said in an interview on PBS that he had just come from the White House and that the president was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel". Ruddy told PBS that he thinks it would be "a very significant mistake" for Trump to seek Mueller's termination.

Others sounded more enthusiastic about dropping the axe.

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

Gingrich said Trump is "pretty confident" that the Russian Federation investigation will go away.

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. Two called the friendship with Comey improper, but manageable; two called it serious; one called it a non-issue.

Mueller has served multiple presidents in both parties.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, he has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

But that would be an "extravagant" move, Katyal wrote in a Washington Post column on May 19.

"Why don't you tell me?"

Ruddy gained fame in the 1990s as a critic of former President Bill Clinton. Policy-makers created new limits on the investigator's power and placed it under the accountability of the government.

I met Mueller only once, when he was assistant attorney general for the criminal division. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

"The Obama administration was not in a position where they were seeking legislation", Mr. Comey told lawmakers last month when asked about the possibility of establishing a legal statue to resolve the Going Dark dilemma.

Feinstein also asked if Rosenstein had an estimate for how long the investigation will take.

"Some would even say it's obstruction of justice again", she added.

"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.

Such an action, though, would be politically perilous. The Big Three Networks' willful omission of that point just goes to show how they push the worst case scenario as what was occurring with Trump.

One of Trump's lawyers refused to rule out a firing.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

A poll last month by Harvard-Harris suggested 75 per cent of Americans wanted a special prosecutor.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

Inside the White House, things could be even more out of control.

Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

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