Trump considering firing special prosecutor

Trump considering firing special prosecutor

That's why it raised a few eyebrows when he told CNN that he finds something "troubling" about the appointment of Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's election meddling.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". "But I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise" with Mueller, Sekulow said.

How reliable Ruddy's comments are is open to question.

A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

Mr Schiff told MSNBC he guessed "this is part of the effort to tear down Robert Mueller". Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general who helped write the 1999 regulations, said that while it seems extraordinarily unlikely, Trump does technically have the right to fire Mueller. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

But the president has also lashed out at the investigation on Twitter, calling it the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Gingrich noted the congressional testimony last week of James Comey, whom Trump fired May 8 as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who acknowledged that he had leaked his own memos of his conversations with Trump to force the appointment of an independent counsel. Frum says if that happens, then be ready to expect "political remedies of the most dire kind". "Republicans need to focus on closing down independent counsel because it clearly isn't independent". Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. "You have to look at everything".

President Donald Trump has assembled his full cabinet for its first meeting, saying its members are here to "change Washington.".

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe. Short of impeachment, only the attorney general - in this case, Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - can do so. If Sessions did recuse himself, it would fall to Rosenstein to fire the guy who he'd appointed weeks earlier. "The echoes of Watergate are getting louder and louder".

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