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Trump fired Comey. Why not Mueller too?

18 June 2017

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

If Trump is wise, he'll leave Mueller in place and let this investigation run its course.

"He interviewed. a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president, who was looking at him potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Ruddy said.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump was angered about news stories in conservative sites about Mueller's connections with Comey and had to be convinced by aides to not fire the special counsel.

Ruddy fired back Tuesday morning to Politico, saying in an email that Spicer's statement "doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller" and "says I didn't speak to the president about the matter - when I never claimed to have done so".

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Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, a friend of the president, told the PBS NewsHour that he thinks Trump is "weighing that option".

Some lawmakers responded immediately to Ruddy's comments, including Representative Adam Schiff of California, who is the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

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Thus, if Trump did indeed fire Mueller, the ultimate recourse (or lack thereof) would likely fall in the hands of Congressional Republicans, due to their majority in both Houses. Neal Katyal spelled out three ways to thwart this kind of criminal probe in a Washington Post piece titled, "Trump or Congress can still block Robert Mueller". It has been suggested that Ruddy based his judgement on comments made over the weekend by members of Trump's personal legal team.

Then, the fight will go against either Vice President Mike Pence, if he seeks the presidency, said Gingrich. "Only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". 'These are people who are going to be after Trump'.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, did say he would be "surprised" if Trump fired Mueller.

The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue. Not only would it demonstrate an overly-muscular declaration that the president is willing to dismiss anyone who poses a personal threat, it would suggest that he is nervous about what Mueller might uncover in the ongoing Russian probe, in which Comey testified, damningly, last week.

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Trump fired Comey. Why not Mueller too?