Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

Violet Powell
June 20, 2017

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has been reported.

Newsmax CEO and friend of Trump Chris Ruddy tells ABC News that the president is "considering asking [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein to terminate Mueller". Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". "(Attorney General) Jeff Sessions is recused here, so it would be up to (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein, who was the person who just appointed Bob Mueller a couple of weeks ago". Though Ruddy was at the White House earlier in the day, those aides said he did not meet with Trump, but White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former conservative media leader himself. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

On Twitter, Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to Trump, called the appointment of a special counsel "nonsense", suggesting it's "delusional" to believe Mueller would be fair, less than a month after praising the appointment as "a superb choice".

"Chris speaks for himself", a second senior administration official told the Daily Caller. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans. He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

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He had been widely expected to go after Tuesday's loss to Qatar, which left South Korea clinging to the second automatic qualifying spot in Group A.

After the meeting with Mueller, Warner was asked by CNN's Manu Raju whether the committee is looking into obstruction of justice or if that was part of the special counsel investigation.

"There are some real conflicts". Apparently referring to Federal Election Commission reports, he added, "Look who he is hiring. check fec reports".

Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan.

"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted. "Don't waste our time".

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