Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO and friend to President Trump, said that he's thinking about doing something shocking - he's weighing whether to dismiss Special Counsel Mueller, who was appointed over the investigations into Russian Federation.
During a press conference on May 18, the day after Mueller was named special counsel, ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Trump if his appointment was the right move.
He told senators during a committee hearing that there would have to be "good cause" for Mueller to be removed from his role. US Justice Department regulations outline that a special counsel can be fired by the US attorney general "for cause".
Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself. The deputy attorney general also said: "I'm confident (Mueller) has full independence". "One of my sources reached out to me just before we went on air, and they said there's mass hysteria in the West Wing about this". The White House officials claimed that he was at the White House on Monday and met people familiar with Trump's judgments. Ruddy paid lip service to that being a "significant mistake", but followed immediately saying there is no justification for the special counsel.
He is scheduled to testify before two congressional hearings on Tuesday and is likely to face even more pointed questions about the Russian Federation probe and the independence of the Justice Department in light of Ruddy's comments.
Mueller, who served as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by the Justice Department in May to investigate possible coordination between Trump's associates and Russian officials.
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When nobody answered the door, Kostar picked the lock and went inside, coming across the three bodies in one of the bedrooms. Sonya Pifer told Cleveland19that the girls' father has been estranged from his daughters since they became adults.
"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
Firing Comey and then Mueller would leave Trump with the reputation of a man who will keep dismissing anyone serious about conducting an honest investigation. That's at least how it seemed when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as the special counsel for the US DOJ on May 17.
Comey stated before the Senate Intelligence Committee that "no reasonable prosecutor" would have pursued a case against Clinton in such a situation, according to Dallas News. In 1973, Nixon turned to the third-ranking Justice official, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who fired Cox in his capacity as acting attorney general.
President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House.