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White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

White House Trump won’t sack special counsel Robert Mueller White House Trump won’t sack special counsel Robert Mueller
Lillian Steele | 20 June, 2017, 00:52

Some Trump allies have begun this week to criticize the investigation led by Mueller, who served as director of the FBI under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGillespie edges out Trump-aligned candidate in Virginia gov. primary White House: Trump "has no intention" to fire Mueller Webb: The shiny object MORE and who is widely respected among lawmakers from both parties.

His spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would later tell reporters the president "has no intention" to dismiss Mueller.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

Ruddy sparked a media firestorm on Monday when he told the "PBS NewsHour" that Trump is considering firing Mueller.

Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy's decision to say that President Trump is weighing firing special counsel Robert Mueller harmed Trump's ability to fire him, a Trump confidant told The Daily Caller.

During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation.

Starr on Monday called Mueller "a great man" who is "honest as the day is long" and has a "great, great team of complete professionals".

Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said.

Trump has the power to unilaterally remove Mueller from the job, but legal experts argue that would create a crisis in American institutions.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Reports are circulating that Trump's inner circle is unanimous in trying to persuade the president not to fire Mueller.

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.

"Let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said.

According to a senior White House aide, there are no private conversations taking place about firing Mueller, and a White House spokesperson said Ruddy "speaks for himself".

"If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

Deputy acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Justice Department's investigation into Russian Federation because attorney general has recused himself, has the power to fire Mueller.

Firing another investigator will force even his allies in Congress to deal with constituents who will demand to know if their president is neither.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

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