White House: Trump 'Certainly Believes' He Has Power To Fire Mueller

If the review finds no "good cause" for the removal, the special counsel would be reinstated. She says though the Federal Bureau of Investigation went to Cohen's office for files related to alleged affairs with two women, the documents could turn up new issues for the president. "What alarms me most is people who aren't alarmed".

But Gohmert's reasoning directly undermines President Trump's claim earlier in the day that Mueller is a partisan, conflicted "Democrat loyalist". He wants the panel to vote on the bill as soon as Thursday, but said it could get pushed back to next week, CNN reported.

USA progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests should President Donald Trump fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, or replace the deputy US attorney general overseeing the probe. Mueller, who is heading the DOJ's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in 2016, forwarded information to local federal authorities that was outside his purview, but might have been felonious in nature.

The bipartisan legislation protecting the special counsel reflects the growing unease that many in Congress, including in Trump's Republican camp, have with the president's threats against Mueller.

"This is a time when all of us - Republicans and Democrats - need to stand up and make it clear that we are committed to the rule of law in this country", said Sen. If he fires Mueller it will be a political disaster for him and for the Republicans. And I think that Mueller is a person of stature and respected and I respect him.

"It's unclear what could happen to the bill if the committee sends it to the full Senate".

A spokesman for the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, declined to comment on the prospects for the bill, and pointed reporters to comments McConnell made on Tuesday. Last week Trump said he didn't know about any payment from Cohen to Daniels.

"And the biggest question I would have, is if it did pass, would the president sign it?"

The new bill would turn into law the current Justice Department regulations that ensure a special counsel can only be fired for cause by a senior department official who puts the reasons in writing. Trump said the raid was an attack on the nation, a disgrace, and a witch-hunt.

Jonathan Swan, a White House reporter for the Axios news website, said that the raid forced a "breaking point" in Trump's anger over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigations.

While Trump allies are calling for the president to fire Rosenstein over his handling of the special counsel investigation into Russian Federation, the Justice Department official attended a normal meeting at the White House on document production without incident, administration officials said.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that it's unnecessary to pursue that route because Trump isn't actually pondering Mueller's forced exit.

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