WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller

WH: Trump Has 'No Intention' of Firing Mueller

"Some maxed out, none wanted Trump to be POTUS".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, weighing in Tuesday morning, advised the White House and Trump to let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.

"For Mr. Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin".

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive". Rosenstein is also the Department of Justice official who appointed Mueller as special counsel late last month.

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

The criticism of Mueller takes several forms.

Ryan noted if Trump chose to fire Mueller, it would be a "big problem for him politically".

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things". Another apparent concern is that Mr. Mueller hired staff who donated money to Democrats in the past.

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As Rosenstein said in the Senate hearing, he believes Mueller's team has both the independence and resources necessary to conduct the ongoing probe. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations. He was appointed by former President George W. Bush and his original ten-year term was given a two-year extension by former President Barack Obama. Ruddy had visited the West Wing earlier Monday.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

His testimony comes less than a week after Comey said during his own appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he felt Trump had violated the normal separation of criminal investigations from White House oversight by urging him to end the investigation into Russia's activities.

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.

Terminating Mueller would be the second time Trump has fired a senior law enforcement official investigating the Russian Federation issue - the first being Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - and would run the risk of sending an even more unambiguous signal the president is axing everyone closing in on a truth he would like to keep secret. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Later in the hearing, Shaheen brought up reports that Trump may try to force the removal of Robert Mueller, the special counsel now heading up the Russian Federation probe. The interview was first reported by PBS.

A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller. If Mr Rosenstein refused, Mr Trump could fire him, too.

Ruddy said that, from what he can tell, firing Mueller is "a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel". But firing Mr. Mueller would, more than anything else the president has done in office, firm up a case that Mr. Trump is obstructing justice.

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