No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

But Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the President who attended meetings Monday at the White House, was the one who revealed that the issue was being discussed.

He also declared it a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Mr Trump to the White House.

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".

Angered by reports in Breitbart News and other conservative news outlets that Mr. Mueller was close to Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump in recent days has repeatedly brought up the political and legal implications of firing someone he now views as incapable of an impartial investigation.

On Monday night, Ruddy said Trump was considering firing Mueller as special counsel during an interview on PBS Newshour. Mr Ruddy said Mr Mueller has some "conflicts" because his former law firm, Wilmer Hale, also representing Ms Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter, and her husband, Mr Jared Kushner. However, the White House has denied his claims.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

Hannity's comments come as The Washington Post reported on Wednesday Mueller, who was tapped to lead the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling, is investigating whether the president obstructed justice. That official argued Trump "shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball".

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If Rosenstein refused (which he would have to do through resignation), then Trump could continue to "go down the line" at the Justice Department until he finds someone willing to obey his order to fire Mueller.

Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013 under both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Solicitor general Robert Bork ultimately fired Cox. "The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information".

Thus, a Trump attempt to fire Mueller could play out in a variety of ways, depending on the reaction of the Justice Department. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.

Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers of a Senate appropriations subcommittee that he has seen no good cause to remove special counsel Robert Mueller from the probe.

If Trump did indeed end up successfully firing Mueller, Congress would constitute his next hurdle. Sanders said that while Mr. Trump has the right to fire Mueller, he has no intention of doing so.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter. Or they could choose to do nothing, which, according to New York Magazine, is not unlikely, considering how they have responded to Trump's previous unprecedented actions. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

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