Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction

During Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, a number of Senators addressed rumors that President Donald Trump was considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation of Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear he doesn't agree with some who are urging President Donald Trump to fire the Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

President Trump's attorney stressed throughout the interview that fired FBI Director "James Comey's credibility has been brought into question on multiple occasions", but side stepped a Question about whether President Trump would release tapes of his conversation with the sacked former FBI Director Comey, or if they exist.

And deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said simply: "Chris speaks for himself".

Former Speaker of the House and Trump whisperer, Newt Gingrich, took the stage on Good Morning America, Tuesday to reaffirm his opposition to Independent Counsel Robert Mueller and deride his investigation into collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign as "partisan".

"Think he's considering, perhaps terminating the special counsel".

BARRETT: Right. And if you think back to Comey's testimony, he says pretty clearly that he believes his firing was an attempt to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation.

He added: "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake".

The investigation began "days after Comey was sacked on May 9", according to Jeff Bezos's newspaper machine, and it also includes a search for "any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates".

Tonight we have some breaking news about the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA elections.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations.

Trump, in a series of morning tweets, reverted back to the tone that won him the White House, slamming the investigation a day after he called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

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".

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

  • Leroy Wright