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White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

17 June 2017, 11:18 | Colleen Roy

Trump ally and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has had a change of heart about the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, Robert Mueller, whose naming he had previously endorsed.

The deputy attorney general's testimony comes after Trump friend and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said Monday that Trump was considering "terminating" the special counsel who is overseeing the Justice Department's wide-ranging inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The White House finally said Tuesday evening that Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, amid speculation and concern that he was weighing that option. "(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".

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the President, questioned whether the special counsel investigation would be impartial.

Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.

Matt Lewis, a CNN political commentator, said Trump has a pattern of surprise moves, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Still, top Democrats on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee fumed that Sessions had abruptly canceled his appearance there, with Sen.

"I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said last month.




"Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society", Sanders said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Very early Monday morning, at 4:34 a.m., Gingrich posted a tweet criticizing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director over the staff he's hiring for the probe, suggesting that Republicans are "delusional" if they think Mueller will be fair.

The reports that Trump was considering ousting Mueller appeared to lead to officials leaking to the Post that the Mueller investigation included probing possible obstruction of justice, a move that would make it more hard for Trump to remove Mueller without increased backlash.

The question is, would Trump actually fire Mueller, and if he did, would Republicans back him on such a move? She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

"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.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.



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