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Trump is allegedly 'weighing' firing special prosecutor in Russian Federation probe

16 June 2017

The Post wrote that it based its revelations on interviews with numerous individuals familiar with the investigation, but who spoke on condition of anonymity because none were officially authorized to speak publicly about the Russian Federation probe. The main focus of the investigation was until recent events into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians and Russian interference in the campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton's chances.

Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and friend of Donald Trump, floated the notion on Monday that the President might dismiss special counsel Mueller.

The White House referred questions to Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

A spokesman for President Trump's lawyer responded to the Post's report by saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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Former FBI director James Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

Trump wrote in his letter firing Comey that the ousted FBI director had informed him on three separate occasions he was not under investigation.

"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller.

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The report that Trump himself is being scrutinized for obstruction of justice served to undercut Trump's claims.

The committee leaders said in a statement that they "look forward to future engagements" with Mr Mueller. Rosenstein noted that the chain of command would have to run through him and said he was confident Mueller would have "sufficient independence".

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives, who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

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