White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

Posted June 17, 2017

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff said Monday that President Donald Trump shouldn't "waste Congress' time" by firing Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

If confirmed, his dismissal could have explosive implications and renew criticism of Mr Trump, who has been under intense pressure following his firing of James Comey as FBI director, and accusations that he might have tried to obstruct the investigation.

Mueller's appointment was prompted by memos from fired FBI Director James Comey that said Trump had urged him to drop an investigation of his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in connection with the case.

Ruddy opined that he thinks firing Mueller "would be a very significant mistake", but, as he always does, stood by to defend Trump, saying he didn't think there was "justification" for hiring a special counsel at all.

The media's hysteria was triggered by Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax who appeared on PBS's Newshour and stated: "Well, I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump's who consults with him often, was at the White House on Monday.

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But I guess the question is: How does he-so in the attorney general's what appears to be only statement that Jeff Sessions made on this - I may be incorrect - but the main statement was March 2nd 2017: 'I've chose to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States'.

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the U.S. probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, which USA intelligence officials said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. She said the counsel was now pointless, as it's become clear Trump wasn't an initial target of the Russian Federation investigation, which may now be expanding into new areas. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

Trump supporters like former Congressman Newt Gingrich have said it's time to "rethink" Mueller's appointment. Tomorrow, after Trump fires Mueller: "Of course firing Mueller was the right thing to do".

Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

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Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity", during his "Opening Monologue" segment, host Sean Hannity on two occasions called for the special counsel probe headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be shut down.

Although Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein previously said that the Justice Department was not preparing to renew the War on Drugs, he admitted to the Senate Appropriations committee earlier this week that the United States would likely see some changes in the way the federal government deals with areas of legal marijuana. But no. The president's friends are now pressing the argument that Mueller must go, too.

The White House was quick to react to the reports.

In February, after talking with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Ruddy told CNN that he didn't think the president was being well-served by chief of staff Reince Priebus.

"For Mr. Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin".

"Senator, I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein said.

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