Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Stephen Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour he thought Trump considering terminating the special counsel was, "pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

"I don't think that's a question for me to answer", Rosenstein responded.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

Rosenstein was likely referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing might have been an effort to obstruct justice.

That would have to be done by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, given that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from DOJ's Russian Federation investigation.

[B] ehind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump's interactions.

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Manchin: "I understand. That's what we know".

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said, adding he had confidence in Mueller. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

In the interview, Mr Ruddy said Mr Trump had considered replacing Mr Comey with Mr Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

But he says he does not recall any private meetings or conversations with Russian officials at that event. Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN. "You want to see this President in the express lane to impeachment, no ifs, ands or buts, then go for it". Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise". "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said in a statement.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

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