White House Torn Over Mueller's Role as Pressure Grows

White House Torn Over Mueller's Role as Pressure Grows

US President Donald Trump is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged ties to the 2016 US presidential election. "It wouldn't matter to me what anybody said".

Under the present circumstances, however, and not without regret, I believe that the same ethics rules the attorney general cited in his Tuesday testimony counsel against Mueller's continuing to serve in the role assigned to him.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", which he said he would have to put in writing.

Now, Trump could order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration. As he has already said earlier in the day, Rosenstein is not involved in the investigation and does not know any details regarding what's going on. The Department of Justice appointed the former FBI chief to lead the investigation into Russian Federation following the firing of James Comey by President Trump.

According to a senior White House aide, there are no private conversations taking place about firing Mueller, and a White House spokesperson said Ruddy "speaks for himself". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

Under Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by the deputy attorney general rather than the president, although those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

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In Mueller's case, Trump would have to ask Rosenstein to do the firing.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".

"No, I have not", he said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was put in charge of the Russian Federation probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, made the announcement May 18.

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.

"Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel".

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement hours later. Rather than calling the President to tell him that, Ruddy took to a medium where he knew Trump would listen: TV. Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN.

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