Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

No plan to sack Russia probe head Mueller: US justice official

No plan to sack Russia probe head Mueller: US justice official

Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.

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

"If you want to see the President on a fast track to impeachment, then he should take this advice and fire Mueller", said Illinois Representative Luis Gutiérrez in a speech on the House floor Tuesday.

While Trump may have been thinking of firing Mueller - as the President's ally Christopher Ruddy said this week - the outcry from lawmakers and others may make Mueller's job one of the safest in town.

"I think he's weighing that option", said Ruddy. "That after his close friend Chris Ruddy, a conservative media mogul and ABC News contributor, said the President is indeed contemplating firing the man leading the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation".

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Trump fired Mueller they'd try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that while he feels "independent counsels are very risky", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out.

Trump hailed his plan for the "single biggest tax cut in American history", even though he has not presented one to Congress, and claimed "no one would have believed" his election could have created so many new jobs over the past seven months (1.1 million), even though more jobs (1.3 million) were created in the previous seven months.

Special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller could only be fired by Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

SCOTT PELLEY: Well, after Comey was sacked, the Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to independently investigate the Russian Federation case. Trump called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said.

The day in March when Trump accused President Barack Obama, without any evidence, of wiretapping him, Ruddy said the president called him twice to talk about it.

Technically, Trump can't fire Mueller, as it would normally be the decision of the attorney general.

Asked what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe they are lawful and appropriate orders".

So, of course, they would ignore Ruddy's clarification that he doesn't think Trump would actually fire Mueller.

Vega seemed to scoff at the Trump administration's defense when they said Ruddy didn't speak with Trump, which was something Ruddy corroborated on MSNBC.

The White House has also pushed back on the "fire Mueller" speculation.

Naturally, Ruddy added, "I always speak for myself and not the president".

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

In an opinion piece, The Washington Post noted Trump has not acted like a president because he has failed to understand that running a business is different from ruling a nation.

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