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Trump supporters turn on special counsel Mueller

19 June 2017
Trump supporters turn on special counsel Mueller

Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy's decision to say that President Trump is weighing firing special counsel Robert Mueller harmed Trump's ability to fire him, a Trump confidant told The Daily Caller.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, on Tuesday said: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause".

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired on the orders of President Donald Trump.

Mueller, who directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was named to the post last month by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

The firing would have to be carried out by Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, though regulations could be "set aside", the AP reported.

"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel.

But Rosenstein made it very clear how that would go.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless they are a lawful order", Rosenstein responded.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said on Monday that "Chris speaks for himself", but declined to comment further.

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, which USA intelligence officials have said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Newt Gingrich is so upset by the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation and possible collusion and other potential crimes that he now says Congress should abolish special counsels entirely.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to helm the investigation after Trump abruptly fired Comey - who was the one previously leading the Russian Federation probe - in early May. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox.