Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

Posted June 18, 2017

A close friend of President Donald Trump said Monday that Trump is "considering" firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director the Justice Department put in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

He called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS.

In his latest flagrant slap to the face of American rule of law, Donald Trump has reportedly considered firing special investigator Robert Mueller, apparently for the mere fact that he is investigating Donald Trump.

Ruddy told PBS that he thinks it would be "a very significant mistake" for Trump to seek Mueller's termination.

Even though the White House has denied Trump made comments about firing Mueller to Ruddy, many are still speculating as to what would happen if Trump tried to fire Mueller. The option is still on the table, but Ruddy's move takes away the president's element of surprise.

As Jeff Sessions is set to testify in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation Tuesday, this much is clear: while Mueller and his team expand their probe and edge, ever-closer, to Trump, they will continue to field an onslaught not just from the president, but from his band of supporters.

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever".

"Can you think of one thing that Trump could do worse than fire Bob Mueller?".

But no. The president's friends are now pressing the argument that Mueller must go, too.

Technically, it's up to the attorney general to decide what to do with the special counsel.

"Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue, with respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment."

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said. Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing.

He has brought to the White House the values of a failed Atlantic City casino owner turned reality-TV star.

Firing Mr Mueller would be politically explosive and would raise new questions about Mr Trump, whose dismissal of Mr James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief led to charges of obstruction of justice - and to Mr Mueller's appointment.

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Mr Trump fired Mr Mueller they would try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

Rosenstein is the only person who can fire Mueller under current Justice Department regulations - though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. The president responded by saying Comey did not tell the truth.