No plan to sack Russian Federation probe head Mueller: US justice official

Posted June 25, 2017

After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigations into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, and any signs of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren". "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

Even though it is reported that the president understands how risky firing Mueller will be, those close to him feel that Trump is "so volatile they can not be sure that he won't change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised". The interview took place several days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the interview, which was was first reported by PBS.

Neither Trump nor Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered public support for Mueller.

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Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime confidant of Trump, said it was "amateur hour" at the White House and blasted press secretary Sean Spicer.

White House staffers have nonetheless sought to talk Trump down from the idea.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said. Democrats and millions of Americans won't buy it, but Mueller's reputation would be hard to question and that could put an end to it.

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"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things". Ruddy agreed, but noted that the White House statement never denied what he said was true.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment.

Some Republicans have raised questions about Mueller's ability to conduct an impartial and professional investigation pointing, one, to his well-known friendship with Comey, who might be called as a star witness as some stage, and, two, members of his team of lawyers who donated to the Democratic party. The option is still on the table, but Ruddy's move takes away the president's element of surprise.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

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"I don't know who you're talking to because I've had great with the president through many years", Ruddy said.