Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

That's quite a statement considering "anybody" would include Donald Trump.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy admitted he did not speak with President Trump about the notion of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". And I mean, I think Dianne Feinstein was a bit shocked on this. Even Comey acknowledged that much in his Senate testimony last week.

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News linking Mueller to Comey.

This apparent effort to lay the groundwork for Mueller's firing raises a key question: Could the president do it?

That would be the only explanation for firing Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is widely respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. "They need to be independent".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused the media of "creating a rumor that's not happening".

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments. A White House official told BuzzFeed that Ruddy was "speaking for himself and did not speak to the president".

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White House spokesperson Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. (Message: I'll protect you.) He allegedly told Comey the next day, "I hope you can let this go". He later added that even finding "good cause" to dismiss the special counsel would not be a rubber stamp: "If there were good cause I would consider it". That's what I would do. If there weren't good cause, it wouldn't matter what anybody says.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

But Ruddy continued to double, triple and quadruple down Tuesday morning. "I think it's an accurate statement".

Trump's best play would be to allow Mueller to do his job without interference, and - if Trump is telling the truth - declare the issue is dead for lack of substance.

See, for example, Newt Gingrich's changed tone.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation". I called for it some months ago.

They don't mind stirring the pot to distract, deliberately provoke and disrupt. The FBI's "Prepublication Review Guide" does raise some questions about Comey's actions, but not Mueller's.