White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

DAVID MUIR: And while Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying on Capitol Hill, President Trump was on a road trip to talk about jobs in this country, but following him to Wisconsin, this question tonight: Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation? Tomorrow, after Trump fires Mueller: "Of course firing Mueller was the right thing to do".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments.

Several senior Trump aides believe that Comey went public with his doubts about the president's behavior and trustworthiness with the intention of steering Rosenstein toward appointing his friend Mueller, according to one longtime Trump associate who remains close to the White House. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations. He could be considering extreme measures to save his embattled presidency but is not beyond firing Mueller since he already did it to FBI Director James Comey.

The media's hysteria was triggered by Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax who appeared on PBS's Newshour and stated: "Well, I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

White House spokesman Mark Corallo said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Newt Gingrich called Mueller the anti-Trump special counsel, the tip of the deep state spear.

A person close to Trump's legal team said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller with the legal team. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

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As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. The Washington Post first reported that revelation.

Gingrich initially supported the choice of Mueller but said he changed his mind after he spoke with Trump on June 12.

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Many conservative legal experts and Trump allies - including Ruddy - are warning Trump strongly against removing Mueller, saying it would backfire spectacularly and lead to charges of obstruction. "Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation", speculated ABC Anchor David Muir during World News Tonight.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday. The billionaire's delusion of grandeur, however, has the #Republican party partly to blame for feeding Trump's big ego, with the Monday praise session as the best example.

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. He added, "I think the best vindication for the President is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly".

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being not able to deliver us the truth about an issue we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

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