Top aides talked Trump out of firing Mueller

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A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs. He too said Mueller should be left to conduct his investigation independently. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

"I have talked to the president recently but we did not talk about the Mueller situation at all", Ruddy said.

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place.

Congressional Republicans are standing behind special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, amid rumors that President Trump is considering firing him.

Earlier this week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reportedly told radio host John Catsimatidis that Congress should "abolish the independent counsel".

Mueller has already served 12 years as Federal Bureau of Investigation director - two years longer than the 10-year term.

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Trump friend Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. "I think there's a conflict there", Ruddy said. "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake - even though I dont think there's a justification. for a special counsel in this case", Ruddy said. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9.

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.

Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation. Mr Ruddy said Mr Mueller has some "conflicts" because his former law firm, Wilmer Hale, also representing Ms Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter, and her husband, Mr Jared Kushner.

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise". "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN.

Indeed, in a cooly worded statement, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "Mr". The option is still on the table, but Ruddy's move takes away the president's element of surprise.

The attorney general is also expected to push back on the notion that he committed perjury when he denied having had any communications with Russians during the presidential campaign a year ago, the source said.