Chris Ruddy Says He Did Not Speak With Trump About Firing Mueller
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 18:13
The special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has expanded the inquiry to include examination of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.
Lawmakers and federal investigators are interested in much of the same information as they look into potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives and try to determine whether anyone in the White House worked to obstruct justice.
Spicer is also refusing to say whether tapes exist of the president's conversations with FBI Director James Comey before Trump fired him.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so".
Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr. Mueller, declined to comment.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the US elections.
The White House has been directing all questions related to this to Mr. Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz.
Mr. Mueller is examining whether the president fired Mr. Comey as part of a broader effort to alter the direction of a probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, which at the time was being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.
"There's still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way".
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy admitted he did not speak with President Trump about the notion of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", the letter said.
"I think he is weighing that option". The special counsel also plans to interview Rick Ledgett, who recently retired as the deputy director of the NSA, the person added. The president cleared the room of senior administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior advisor Jared Kushner.
Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so.