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President Trump's Allies Suddenly Begin to Question Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

19 June 2017

President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential polls, the White House has said.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment.

In his latest flagrant slap to the face of American rule of law, Donald Trump has reportedly considered firing special investigator Robert Mueller, apparently for the mere fact that he is investigating Donald Trump. There, the job would first fall to the person who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from involvement in the probe.

The president, therefore, would have to direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller - or, somewhat more extravagantly, Trump could order the special-counsel regulations repealed and then fire Mueller himself. I think it's very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

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

PBS's Judy Woodruff reported Monday that Trump friend Chris Ruddy told her after visiting the White House that Trump is "considering perhaps terminating" Mueller - a decision that would set off a massive political backlash.

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Ruddy was at the White House on Monday (Tuesday NZT) to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

Lawmakers wanted Rosenstein to spell out the scope of Sessions' recusal, specifically with regard to the Russia investigation, which Sessions announced after reports emerged that he had not fully disclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Rosenstein continued to defend the investigation and the Department of Justice's oversight, saying "I can assure you we're going to do the right thing and defend the integrity of the investigation".

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

The White House downplayed Ruddy's comments.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. I want to know why he has provided false testimony to me and to Sen.

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Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

WHAT IS President Donald Trump so afraid of when it comes to the ongoing Russian Federation probe? Considering that Rosenstein appointed Mueller, and without that "good cause", it seems likely that Rosenstein would resign.

Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.

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