Kellyanne Conway Says Trump Not Discussing Firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 7, 2017

"Jim Comey told him that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director three times and he had - he assured that under oath".

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday blasted the Russian probe as a "conclusion in search of evidence". Ten days ago, he accused Sessions of being "VERY weak" on the issue.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning witnesses about whether former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The New York Times.

"You can't issue subpoenas without a grand jury", said Christie.

The conversation quickly turned to talk of Russian Federation, and Conway declined to comment on proposed legislation to protect Mueller's investigation, which would mandate a judicial review a decision made by the president to fire the special counsel. Although it may be hard to imagine Trump signing such a bill, it's a clear signal that even some in his own party want him to understand that firing Mueller would probably set off a constitutional crisis.

Trump also seemed to narrow the scope of his defense against the allegations, now that it is known that his son Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort met previous year with a Russian attorney said to have incriminating material against Clinton provided by the Russian government.

A spokesman for Mr Manafort declined to comment.

But Trump has persistently argued that the investigation is specifically out to get him. The defense attorneys hope to exclude hearsay testimony against Nashiri from coconspirator Jawal Badawi, arguing that Badawi's statements were obtained under coercive conditions and based on the tainted information from Nashiri. One of the sources said it was assembled in recent weeks.

When Stephanopoulos highlighted the conflicting stories coming out of the White House about Russia, Conway shifted to ...

"I think if the president should fire Robert Mueller abruptly, that would be crossing a big line, and I think you would see strong bipartisan action from the Senate, which might include our reinstating him or our hiring him to continue to conduct that investigation on behalf of Congress", Coons said. "They didn't tell the truth".

Ty Cobb, special counsel to Trump, said, "We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis". The Pentagon did not confirm or deny the move and only said that no course of action had been ruled out.

After losing a key vote on healthcare and then having his hands tied on dealing with Russian Federation by a vote on sanctions that he has tried to disown, Mr Trump has become openly critical of Congress - even though his Republican party has a majority in both houses.

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