Can Trump Fire Robert Mueller? He'd Have To Jump Through Some Hoops

  • Can Trump Fire Robert Mueller? He'd Have To Jump Through Some Hoops

Can Trump Fire Robert Mueller? He'd Have To Jump Through Some Hoops

President Donald Trump interviewed Robert Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey the day before the former FBI director was named special counsel, a White House official said Tuesday.

The latest twist in the "Putingate" scandal, a major factor driving Trump's negative ratings to near 60 percent, is that some of his "friends" are suggesting Trump might fire the nearly universally-respected and admired special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing.

A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs. "I think he's weighing that option, I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he wouldn't follow orders from President Donald Trump or anyone else to fire special counsel Robert Mueller unless they were "lawful and appropriate orders".

Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking whether Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present.

Mueller is in charge of investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump´s campaign.

Any finding that could arise against the President would have another hurdle - a longstanding Justice Department stance against indicting a sitting president.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.

Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly? He has brought to the White House the values of a failed Atlantic City casino owner turned reality-TV star.

They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe. "Some maxed out, none wanted Trump to be POTUS". "This process has to play out because of what he did with [fired FBI director James] Comey and also calling for the investigation to end".

On CBS Evening News, Correspondent Margaret Brennan highlighted GOP leaders who came out and made public statements of support for Mueller.

"There's some real conflicts", Ruddy said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.