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Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller”

On the other hand, Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, suggested the possibility that the President could fire the special counsel if he believes that the Russian Federation probe is compromised. That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - as special counsel the following week. So let's briefly review this most abnormal chain of events: The president was informed on January 26 that the FBI was investigating his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Ruddy - who is a close confidante of the president - said it's evident termination is on the table due to recent comments Trump's attorney made.

Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

On CNN to anchor Chris Cuomo: "I think it is a consideration the president has had, because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel".

Trump, however, lacks the legal authority to directly fire Mueller.

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Republicans said on Tuesday that it would look bad for Trump to fire Mueller, whose investigation covers possible collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump administration. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

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Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour he thought Trump considering terminating the special counsel was, "pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". "And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation".

Added Collins: It would "certainly be an extraordinarily unwise move". "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake-even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel in this case".

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor, James Comey, at the FBI headquarters in 2013.

Just weeks ago, Mr Gingrich heaped praise on Mr Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". If Mr Rosenstein refused, Mr Trump could fire him, too.

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

Rosenstein told senators at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday that Mueller will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation". "I know. I wrote the rules". "I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said. Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

"I think the president has been clear last week in the Rose Garden that he believes the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with, there's been no collusion, he wants to get this investigated as soon as possible and be done with it so he can continue with the business of the American people", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.



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