White House says Trump won't fire Mueller


As he has already said earlier in the day, Rosenstein is not involved in the investigation and does not know any details regarding what's going on.

But Sanders would not say whether Trump had confidence in Mueller amid news reports that the president was considering whether to fire him from the post. "It wouldn't matter to me what anybody said". "No, senator, it is not a disqualification", Rosenstein said.

Gingrich added that Trump is "actually pretty confident" in the investigation and "ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is all going to go away".

The latest? Trump is reportedly considering whether to fire recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller - the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was tasked last month with investigating the Russian Federation matter.

The statement came after Sen.

Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I'm required to put that cause in writing. "I do believe he has a legal right to do it and I do think it was considered as an option, as the president's own attorney said". Rosenstein responded: "No I have not". In fact, the chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the Attorney General or in this case the Acting Attorney General. Sessions has recused himself from the investigation.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview on Sunday (Monday NZT) that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Ruddy emphasized that he thinks firing Mueller would be "a significant mistake" but also that he thinks there is no justification for a special counsel in the first place.

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Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated. "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

The topic of both hearings is the Justice Department's budget.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign.

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

Christopher Ruddy, a close friend and CEO of Newsmax Media, discussed with PBS how the Russian Federation investigation and testimony of former FBI Director James Comey affected the White House and how Donald Trump might be "considering perhaps terminating" special counsel Robert Mueller.

Can Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

Mr Ruddy said the President was weighing whether to dismiss Mr Mueller because of concerns about conflicts of interest.

The Daily Beast reported a second senior administration official pointed to Trump's role in propagating the rumor he might fire Mueller, suggesting the leak to the Post on Wednesday might have been an unintended outcome of that move.