Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump allies turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

Trump allies turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

In what has ignited another firestorm of debate in polarized Washington, a longtime friend of President Trump said Monday night that Trump is "weighing" whether to dismiss Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

However, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee says, "Chris speaks for himself".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

"I mean, these are people who are going to be after [President Donald] Trump", Gingrich told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Tuesday, adding that he believes the investigation should be curtailed given the biases associated with the case.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong.

Rosenstein noted that he is the only one who could fire Mueller, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation. So, that's what I would do. If there were good cause, I would consider it. In his testimony, Rosenstein made it clear that he would not follow a presidential order to fire Mueller unless he thought there was a good cause.

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When asked if President Trump should fire Mueller Gingrich said, "I don't think Trump should do anything, but the congressional Republicans ought to look into this". "I think there's a conflict there".

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"I felt that I was required to under the rules of the Department of Justice", he told the committee on Tuesday, adding that he gradually realised he would have to step down.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

Journalists and experts have also noted that Trump's close aide Newt Gingrich has also publicly denounced Mueller after lauding him when he was initially chosen as the special counsel.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders said when asked whether Trump was considering the move.

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.

But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

As if that wasn't partisan enough, Vox is explicit in saying that Mueller's dismissal will be "reminiscent of Richard Nixon's Sunday Night Massacre" never once mentioning Mueller's conflict of interest. Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork.

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