Trump's friend says he might fire Mueller
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 20:44
"As long as I'm in this position, he will not be fired if not for good cause", he said. Legal experts say that only a Justice official who has been confirmed by the Senate, as Bork had been, would have the authority to fire Mueller. He said it was "pretty clear" by recent comments by one of Trump's lawyers that firing Mueller had at least been discussed.
Speculation continued unabated and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the counsel, was asked about it at a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning.
The president, therefore, would have to direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller - or, somewhat more extravagantly, Trump could order the special-counsel regulations repealed and then fire Mueller himself.
This immediately led to the "Saturday Night Massacre" with the resignations of the Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973.
Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. Trump can rescind the regulation that establishes the burden of "good cause" for such a firing, or he could simply fire Rosenstein and install someone more to his liking.
Justice Department rules prohibit the dismissal of a special counsel without cause.
Rosenstein took over the investigation when Sessions recused himself from any dealings with the Russia probe on March 2 after his own dealings with Russian officials were disclosed.
"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".
"I think he's weighing that option", said Ruddy.
The White House appeared blindsided by it, but took hours to address it, triggering speculation it was, one, a plan indeed and Moody was testing the waters for Trump, and two, it was an attempt by a anxious administration to intimidate the counsel and the formidable team of lawyers he was putting together.
During a press conference on May 18, the day after Mueller was named special counsel, ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Trump if his appointment was the right move.
United States President Donald Trump is reportedly considering sacking Robert Mueller - the special independent counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election - according to a friend and close confidant to the President. This comes after a friend of the President says he thinks Mr. Trump is considering removing Mueller.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour.
The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is the latest step in multiple ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election.
Mueller was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself". According to him, "only the President and his attorneys are authorized to comment" on the subject. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.