No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

"I don't think the Chairman will invite the President, a man he campaigned for, because the role of the House Judiciary Committee right now is to protect the President at all costs; shielding the President from tough questions", he said.

He says he is confident that Comey understood and would abide by the Justice Departments rules on communications with the White House about ongoing investigations.

Yesterday, a close confidant of Trump, Newsmax website chief executive Chris Ruddy, said following a White House visit that the president is considering firing Mueller.

The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment. Many speculate that Rosenstein would likely resign if asked to fire Mueller, though are uncertain as to what would happen next. Trump's wife, Melania, has adopted a more temperate tone, telling her husband that she believed the appointment of Mueller would speed resolution of the Russian Federation scandal and expressing her view that he would be exonerated, according to two people with direct knowledge of her advice. The interview was first reported by PBS. "If you read "The Art of the Deal", he always says keep all your options open". "I spoke to him last week. No", Ruddy told her. He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it".

White House staffers have nonetheless sought to talk Trump down from the idea.

If DT fires Robert Mueller, we officially pass Watergate & Trump becomes most corrupt POTUS of greatest scandal in United States history. The White House is expected to announce the decision on Wednesday, a US official tells The Wall Street Journal. However, Whoopi Goldberg disagreed with his assessment, claiming that the early media coverage of then-candidate Trump was overwhelmingly positive. In the abstract, he would be the right selection as special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said. "I think it's an accurate statement". House Speaker Paul Ryan jumping to Robert Mueller's defense. Well, today, Margaret Brennan tells us a number of top officials had to come to Mueller's defense.

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The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, tweeted on Monday: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Ruddy's comments have received a lot of attention. Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump or his associates had links to Russian hackers, and Trump lacks the direct authority to dismiss him.

"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker. He, apparently, couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire and I just think that's a rigged game. He says he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed it and "we both agreed that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probably the best thing". Ruddy cited Mueller's conflicts of interest.

Mueller was widely hailed by many, including Trump friends, as a competent, responsible, unassailably honest iand objective nvestigator. Will they stay or not? Sanders said that while Mr. Trump has the right to fire Mueller, he has no intention of doing so. We get the latest from NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

"The attorney general could fire him, that's the only person who could fire him."
And, again, if Trump fired him, that would be a selfish act of obstruction of justice, and again, it would be grounds for impeachment.

Speculation is swirling about whether President Donald Trump will remove special counsel Robert Mueller from his post.

But Ruddy continued to double, triple and quadruple down Tuesday morning.

He added, "Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately".