Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

Lance Nichols
June 19, 2017

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed on May 17 and is tasked with investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and if associates of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

A Trump friend who was spotted visiting the White House on Monday later told a PBS interviewer that the president was indeed mulling over firing Mueller. A special counsel who likes Comey is likely to take a dim view of his firing and thus adopt the least charitable of Trump's motive. He too said Mueller should be left to conduct his investigation independently.

"I have talked to the president recently but we did not talk about the Mueller situation at all", Ruddy said.

Mueller's investigation will oversee an FBI probe into whether members of Trump's campaign team and his associates colluded to help Russian Federation with its interference in the election.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein testified.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation. And in a certain sense, Trump doesn't have the ability to directly fire Mueller. Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

Those with a sense of history might have noted that Mr Mueller also tabbed James Quarles, a private lawyer who was part of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in the 1970s and is well aware of the challenges of investigations that tread close to the presidency. Ruddy hit back: "It is a sad commentary that Sean Spicer spends so much of his time objecting to my comments at the same time he has done such a poor job in defending the president and promoting his many accomplishments", he said, perhaps concerned that his Mar-a-Lago tête à têtes with Trump might now become less collegial. "I think he's weighing that option".

Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", he wrote. He said the president could ask his attorney general or, because Jeff Sessions has recused himself, ask his deputy attorney general, a civil servant, Rod Rosenstein, to do it. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. But how prudent is it for Trump to allow the fate of his presidency to rest in the hands of a friend and former comrade of Jim Comey?

"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said.

On the other hand, it would cause a political storm, said the writer.

Trump supporters such as Newt Gingrich and others have seemed to be greasing the wheel for the eventual ouster of Mueller.

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