Trump Interviewed Mueller for FBI Director Job

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

"Why do we need a special counsel now?"

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come.

Can Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

Ruddy told PBS he thinks firing Mueller "would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel".

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Chief of Staff Reince Preibus-considered a casualty-in-waiting in a supposedly imminent White House staff shake up-is virulently opposed to the idea, the Times reports, while Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is said to have supported Comey's firing, has adopted a more temperate tone toward the Mueller question.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless. "I think it is", Ruddy said. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the U.S. probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, which U.S. intelligence officials said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor.

"He did not hire a single Republican in the first wave", Gingrich said. Over the weekend, a Trump lawyer publicly refused to rule out that possibility, stressing that the president has the necessary authority.

We have already seen an extraordinary number of leaks coming from the intelligence community and even from within the White House itself.

BRENNAN: Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, will also explore whether the abrupt firing of James Comey in May was an attempt by the President to obstruct the FBI's Russian Federation inquiry.

Ryan told Burnett she did not know, but offered "insight from within the West Wing right now". The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.

Mueller's spokesman said the team, which is still being assembled, has begun its investigation and interviews. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

"I think that Mueller should not have taken the position [as special counsel] if he was under consideration [as FBI director] and had a private meeting with the President and was privy to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau".

If Mr Mueller's investigation touches on the president's business interests, including allegations of Russian financial entanglements, Weissmann would be the kind of experienced legal hand best suited for the job. Indeed, his expectation that threatening to oust Mueller might compel him to soft-pedal the F.B.I. probe betrays a remarkable naivete of how Washington, and longtime civil servants like Mueller, operate.

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