Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Firing Mueller would be a stupid, reckless act even for Trump

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt".

Christopher Moody, CEO of conservative news outlet Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump who has spoken for him before and bluntly, said in an interview on PBS that the president was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel" and added, "I think he's weighing that option".

Mueller, who directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was named to the post last month by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

His testimony comes less than a week after Comey said during his own appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he felt Trump had violated the normal separation of criminal investigations from White House oversight by urging him to end the investigation into Russia's activities.

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Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency. "So I think the best advice will be to let Robert Mueller do his job". Gen. Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation connected with the election.

Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House. Jeanne Shaheen. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, not the president— though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Mr Mueller is in the earliest stages of his investigation and still building up his team that will lead the probe. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

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Under Department of Justice rules, it is actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call, though the president could bypass that protocol.

"I will not reveal who my sources are, but I felt confidence in saying it and it was consistent in what the president's own attorney said", Ruddy said in a Tuesday interview on MSNBC. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Still, Trump's allies are looking to sow doubt, pointing to donations some on Mueller's team have made to Democrats. Ruddy had not met directly with the President while he was there.

(That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

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Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

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