Trump considering 'terminating' Russia probe leader


About a week after Comey was sacked last month, however, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel at the Justice Department to oversee the federal investigation into Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 USA election, according to CBS News.

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy, who leads the conservative news website Newsmax, said on PBS NewsHour.

My (educated) guess is that during his visit to the White House on Monday, Ruddy heard that Trump was considering firing Mueller.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said late Monday. With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment'. He interviewed the day before, a few days before, he was appointed special counsel, with the president, who was looking at him potentially to become the next FBI Director. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added.

Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions, one of the president's earliest high-profile backers. In his testimony, Rosenstein made it clear that he would not follow a presidential order to fire Mueller unless he thought there was a good cause.

In a Tuesday Senate hearing, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who could be called on to perform the firing, did not promise not to.

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"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", Ryan said.

Gingrich tweeted, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

Ultimately, Ryan thinks Trump will heed the warnings and not move to fire the special counsel. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

The president expressed annoyance about news reports that the probe is now believed to include an examination of whether he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had earlier led the Russian Federation investigation.

Shortly after The Post report was posted, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Sessions testified Tuesday that he felt he had no proper choice because he had a potential political conflict of interest, having been a campaign adviser to President Trump.