Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Trump longtime pal says he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Trump longtime pal says he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller

US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Department of Justice Russia investigation, is looking into whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials tell the Washington Post.

President Trump on Thursday criticized reports that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, denouncing it as another "witch hunt" that is unfairly targeting him.

Mr Trump's friend Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, went even further, suggesting the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mr Mueller. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.

Christopher Ruddy, a conservative publisher and a longtime friend of Trump, said Monday that Trump was considering removing Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who has been praised for his credibility by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

"Time to rethink", he tweeted today, citing Mueller's hiring decisions and Comey's admission that he had passed along notes he'd taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of special counsel.

Trump vehemently denies any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.

Sources have told CNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.

Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president— though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. "I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly because I think that that's what he would want to have happen".

In an interview with PBS, Mr Ruddy said: "I think [Mr Trump's] weighing that option".

The original investigation was tasked with examining reported ties between Mr Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation but after Mr Comey's testimony the President's motives are now under the microscope.

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, responded forcefully by saying Mueller would be brought back "immediately".

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