White House Says Trump Has 'No Intention' To Fire Special Counsel
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 7:42
US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday (June 15), citing unidentified officials.
After the comment by Newsmax Media chief executive Christopher Ruddy in an interview with PBS, the White House denied that Trump has any plans to fire Mueller, but said he has the "right" to do so. The office of Director of National Intelligence and Ledgett both declined to comment.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause. Subsequently the attorney general is required to report to Congress regarding the termination of the special counsel and his investigation.
After to Comey's dismissal, Trump reportedly expressed that he would have fired Comey regardless of Sessions' and Rosenstein's recommendation, also referencing his disapprobation of the DOJ investigation into alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, according to VICE News. "As long as I'm in this position, he will not be fired if not for good cause", he said.
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However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration.
Mueller met with Senate intelligence chairman Richard Burr and Sen. "So I think the best advice will be to let Robert Mueller do his job".
The interviews suggest Mueller sees the attempted obstruction of justice question as more than just a "he said, he said" dispute between the president and the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, an official said.
Trump has disputed Comey's account of the conversation about Flynn as inaccurate, although his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a frequent defender of his father's White House performance, seemed to confirm the gist of it.
Ruddy maintained he thinks in case the president makes such a decision, it would be unwise of him - especially after Comey's firing got him lot of criticism.
Rosenstein deflected by saying that it's possible the memo - and therefore the Comey firing - is part of Mueller's investigation and shouldn't be discussed openly.
There also might be a claim of a "conflict of interest" because of Mueller's personal relationship through the years with Comey and possibly with numerous other potential subjects of his investigation. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.
Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job.