Ruddy: Mueller Appears 'Out to Get the President'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 14:07
The former FBI director admitted only that Trump himself was not formerly under investigation, of course - and the special counsel's goal is not only to investigate the president but also his 2016 campaign, including the conduct of his aides, as well as the broader issue of Russian interference in the American electoral process. The White House finally said Tuesday evening that Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, amid speculation and concern that he was weighing that option.
Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said.
Perhaps Trump will fire Sessions and then pardon him, in order to appoint a new attorney general who would then fire Mueller at the president's command.
When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes".
Democrat Adam Schiff, a high-ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said if Trump were fired, Congress would bring him right back as independent counsel.
But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.
Mueller has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Rob Rosenstein's appointment of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
"I don't think that's a question for me to answer", Rosenstein responded.
A person close to Trump's legal team said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller with the legal team.
"Look who he is hiring". If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and continue down the line until a DOJ official acquiesced.
The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.
Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.