Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

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But she said today, as she has said before, that while the president has the power to fire Mueller he has no intention of doing so. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". "I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy told Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour.

Mueller was on Capitol Hill Tuesday discussing the probe with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Virginia Sen.

Why would Trump consider firing Mueller?

The Newsmax head also slammed the White House communications team's response to his statement, calling it "amateur hour".

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said. "I don't think it'd be very smart at all".

For Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin. This suggests that Trump might be wary of taking such action, as it would create enormous backlash against him, likely from even some of his staunchest supporters. He asserted that "I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply". I would say that Republicans in Washington are nearly unanimous in the opinion that to do that would cause a political firestorm that would be yet another self-inflicted wound of the president's own making.

Then Ruddy spread out, like a banquet, what will be Trump's argument for sacking Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Now they go for obstruction of justice - phony story.

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.

The president ignored reporters' questions about Mueller on Tuesday, apparently as part of what he believes is a clever, farsighted strategy. Finally, the solicitor general agreed, and Cox was sacked.

VEGA: 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.

Trump does have the authority to remove the special counsel. "I think there's a conflict there".

VEGA: But the White House is pushing back, saying Ruddy does not speak for the President.

Robert Mueller is a man of integrity with a long record of public service.

Recently, members of the right-wing media began suggesting the president fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with investigating the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.

Elliott Hamilton, writing for The Daily Wire on June 12, said that "given all of this information, it would obligate Mueller to recuse himself from issues surrounding his friend and former colleague".

NEWT GINGRICH: His first four attorneys are all Democrats.

"Why don't you tell me?" There have been so many things that people such as me and Ruddy told him he couldn't or shouldn't do, only to have Trump do them and then win the GOP nomination. and then the presidency. and then keep the Republican Party nearly completely united behind his presidency.

Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations". He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

When Mueller was appointed special counsel last month, Democrats and Republicans praised the decision. Will they stay or not? We get the latest from NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

Warner responded that "the criminal piece of the investigation will be handled by the special counsel, but if we find facts we can turn this over to the special counsel" and "report them" to Mueller's office. Mr. Trump ignoring shouted questions today.

But Ruddy continued to double, triple and quadruple down Tuesday morning. "You are not the witness we were supposed to hear from today. I know he spoke about it during the campaign, I know he cares about it, but it's premature for me to say".

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