Friend says Trump considering firing Mueller

Trump Obstruction of Justice Investigation A Witch Hunt

MARGARET BRENNAN: Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan expressed support today for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling and allegations of Trump campaign collusion.

Rosenstein is appearing before the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice's budget because Attorney General Jeff Sessions cancelled his scheduled appearance after agreeing to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. In a major story, The New York Times claimed that Trump was angered by reports that Mueller was close to fired FBI Director James Comey and entertained the idea of firing the special counsel.

"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

"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 able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. Now, however, some Republicans are suggesting that Mueller ought to be dismissed, pointing to Mueller's selection of key investigators who made campaign donations to Trump's Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel. The former FBI director detailed some of his private conversations with Trump and accused Trump of asking him to drop an investigation into the Russian connections of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

As Rachel noted on the show last night, one of Trump's confidants said publicly that the move is a possibility.

"I think he's weighing that option", Mr Ruddy said in an interview on Monday with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour.

Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

Mr Ruddy has also accused Mr Mueller of a conflict of interest, revealing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was a candidate to replace Mr Comey and was interviewed by Mr Trump only days before he was appointed as special independent counsel.

CHRIS RUDDY: I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel.

It was no t clear whether Mr Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Mr Sekulow's comments.

The notion was dismissed by senior White House aides later Monday evening, who said that Ruddy does not speak for the president.

"With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", he continued.

A spokesman for Kasowitz declined to comment.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. (Melania also reportedly told her husband "she believed the appointment of Mr. Mueller would speed resolution of the Russian Federation scandal", resulting in his exoneration.) "The pushback also represented growing willingness among staff members to try to keep Mr. Trump from making damaging mistakes", the Times reports, "an important internal change in a White House dominated by a president who often demands obeisance".

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