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Can Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller? - | Continuous News | Bozeman, Montana

20 June 2017
Can Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller? - | Continuous News | Bozeman, Montana

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on the man investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with the president's campaign - with one suggesting Mr Trump was considering "terminating" him.

Chief executive of the conservative Newsmax media, Christopher Ruddy, has told PBS Television that Mr Trump is weighing the possibility of sacking Mr Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was appointed as special counsel on May 17.

Ruddy did not immediately respond when reached for comment.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller. "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" today, adding that he believes the investigation should be curtailed given the biases associated with the case. "He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family", Ruddy said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes. "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification... for a special counsel".

The president previously said that fired FBI Director James Comey assured him in private conversation that he was not under investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source familiar with the matter. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue.

If Trump were to fire Mueller, after firing Comey, the Russian Federation investigation would continue in various forms nonetheless, as both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are conducting their own ongoing investigations and the FBI investigation continues as well, though if Mueller were fired, he would no longer oversee that branch of the probe.

Mr Rosenstein has also acknowledged that "theoretically" Mr Mueller could be removed from the position as special counsel, potentially undermining his investigation.

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

Nevertheless, if Mr Rosenstein refused to sack Mr Mueller, the President could just replace him with another Attorney-General who would.