Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller

Former FBI agent says he’s ‘troubled’ by Comey’s relationship with special counsel Mueller

Another White House official told the Daily Beast it would "suicide" for Trump to get rid of the special counsel.

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.

But in this particular case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

Chris Ruddy, who visited the White House on Monday, said in a television interview afterward that the president is "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has advised Trump to "let Robert Mueller do his job", and even recent White House transplant Melania Trump has reportedly told her husband that keeping Mueller will speed the resolution of the Russian Federation scandal.

He assured lawmakers Tuesday that he would follow the regulation concerning the special counsel, which says that Mueller can only be fired for good cause.

Though Ruddy was at the White House earlier in the day, those aides said he did not meet with Trump, but White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former conservative media leader himself.

A source close to Trump said the president is being counseled to avoid firing the special counsel.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added. If he snaps, and his intentions take another, tumultuous turn, there are few guardrails preventing him from removing the special counsel-a move that would nearly certainly trigger a constitutional crisis. If President Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he would be "surprised" if Trump fired Mueller. Trump is said to be proud of yesterday's not-so-nimble refusal to pledge support to Mueller, seeing it as an artfully tactical ploy aimed at steering the investigation toward his desired outcome of total, public exoneration. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Ruddy told ABC News that he stands by his comments that the president is considering asking Rosenstein to terminate Mueller.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs.

Gingrich added that those who believe the investigation is going to be "neutral" and "professional" are "delusional".

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy's claims.

In a freakish, televised cabinet meeting on Monday that forced even non-partisan news agencies such as Reuters and AP to drop their impersonal tone, Trump called on his cabinet members to boost his administration, after claiming that "Never has there been a president, with few exceptions. who has passed more legislation, done more things". "With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".



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