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Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidant

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidant

Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired on the orders of President Donald Trump. Should Rosenstein refuse, Trump could ask him to resign or fire him and direct his successor to fire Mueller.

Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

Justice Department rules prohibit the dismissal of a special counsel without cause.

Chris Ruddy, a friend of Trump's and the chief executive of Newsmax, a U.S. news outlet, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller.

'Yeah, all I've heard so much are rumors, ' Ryan said during his Capitol Hill presser Tuesday morning.

Rosenstein took over the investigation when Sessions recused himself from any dealings with the Russia probe on March 2 after his own dealings with Russian officials were disclosed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he never had conversations with FBI Director James Comey about his job performance before Comey's firing.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the No 2 official at Justice, also promised on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) that the special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, would have the independence to pursue the investigation as he saw fit.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

The tweet from Conway came after the Trump White House had to put out a fire caused by Trump confidant Chris Ruddy.

But Ruddy himself calls it a bad idea, and many, many people reportedly agree - including a host of presidential advisors.

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. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

"I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said.

Several senior Trump aides believe that Comey went public with his doubts about the president's behavior and trustworthiness with the intention of steering Rosenstein toward appointing his friend Mueller, according to one longtime Trump associate who remains close to the White House.

The ex-FBI chief, James Comey, last week outlined awkward meetings with Trump and said the President made him uncomfortable discussing the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "These investigations are important", Ryan said.

House Russia probe leader Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, and Rep. Adam Schiff, the investigation's top Democrat, were set to meet with former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson - just a few days after Senate investigators interviewed him.

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.


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