Trump mulling firing special counsel on Russia Robert Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that a history of political giving is not a disqualifier for those who work for the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in US elections.

In his first public appearance as a newly minted member of Trump's personal legal team, Sekulow declined to rule out the possibility of Trump firing Robert Mueller, who was appointed special counsel to investigate links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "If there were good cause, I would consider it". Regulations say the prosecutor can be removed on grounds of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies", and the termination must be in writing. Was it about reports suggesting he was planning to fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller, a highly respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who has been tasked to take over FBI's Russian Federation probe?

The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview on Sunday (Monday NZT) that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

"All three of them could be lying to me; I don't think so", he said. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rosenstein said, "Senator, I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".

The White House pushed back, but only hours after the claim had been parsed and dissed with warnings about how it would only make things worse for Trump, who chose to ignore it all together in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, and seemed more focussed on a fresh setback to his travel ban.

The fiery Southern Baptist minister, who ran for president in 1988, hired Sekulow to be the chief counsel of his American Center for Law and Justice.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added.

"Look at his foreign trip, which was a tour de force", said Speaker Gingrich, rejecting a comment from an interviewer that the European portion of the President's trip through the Middle East and Europe was "not good".

Should Trump want to go around the department, the president would need to repeal the regulations enacted in 1999 that protect the special counsel from being summarily fired.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

Rosenstein said he was also unaware of any "secret plan" to get rid of Mueller. Jeanne Shaheen. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.

"He's got all these weird relationships where he says, "I haven't talked to so-and-so in six months" and then you find out he talked to so-and-so that day", Scarborough said about Trump.

"I think he's weighing that option", said Ruddy.

Weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", an official said.

"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", Sessions added. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

  • Zachary Reyes