Trump friend: Mueller 'illegitimate as special counsel'

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Trump friend: Mueller 'illegitimate as special counsel'

That statement was unlikely to quell criticism of Mueller from some of Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons. That decision would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who testified Tuesday in a Senate budget hearing that he would only fire Mueller for good cause and has seen no evidence of that.

Trump could alternatively direct the Justice Department to repeal the regulation, potentially allowing the president to directly fire a special counsel.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Chris Ruddy told PBS's Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".

Sekulow also claimed that Comey's testimony to Congress on Thursday was reviewed in advance by special counsel Mueller.

First, it makes it virtually impossible for the President and his administration to dismiss this probe as a sideshow or small potatoes or a distraction somehow created by the biased media. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

President Donald Trump interviewed Robert Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey the day before the former FBI director was named special counsel, a White House official said Tuesday.

According to Gingrich, lawmakers should take action to stop the independent investigation from moving forward.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. They're also looking at the accounts that any other government officials, especially senior intelligence officials, can provide about their own conversations with Trump or possibly Comey on these issues.

The White House distanced Trump from Ruddy but did not deny that Trump is considering such a move. "I think there's a conflict there". "His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity".

The investigation into Trump started after former FBI Director James Comey was sacked, according to the Washington Post report.

It would be hard to make the case, he said, that the experience of interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director would make it impossible for Mueller to fairly exercise the broad discretion afforded to prosecutors.

Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

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

"What is the role of the special counsel here?" asked Sekulow, who is chief counsel for the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently and thoroughly". Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has "confidence" in Mueller.

She said that she knows Ruddy well, and she expects that he will clarify his comments later today. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

"Chris Ruddy speaks for himself", Spicer said.

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