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No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

The Senate testimony of ex-FBI boss James Comey dominated the headlines last week, but the latest announcements from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation could be a more ominous indication of trouble on the horizon for the Trump administration. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. Some say Attorney General Jeff Sessions could rescind his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation and fire Mueller himself if Trump asked and Rosenstein refused, something which certainly would cause a great deal of controversy.

In light of the reports, CNN's Jim Acosta noted that the president is apparently being advised not to fire Mueller. Given the stakes, it is incumbent on Mr. Mueller to live up to his reputation and run a spotless investigation.

Ruddy said the ethics behind Mueller's presence are concerning considering how he was appointed to be special counsel. However, the White House has strongly denied these claims.

If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and move on to find another Justice Department official who would say yes.

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. That official argued Trump "shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball".

Sekulow's comments signal that the Trump White House intends to use the unitary executive argument for a different mission: to justify the firing of Mueller on grounds of national security.

Later during the hearing, he said in response to a question from another senator, "If there were good cause [to fire Mueller] I would consider it".

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the United States probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, which United States intelligence officials said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. On Tuesday, Rosenstein signaled at a hearing that he would fire Mueller only for good cause and that he saw no reason now to do so. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month and has the authority to remove him, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters overseas Air Force One flying back from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

"I'm not a flak for the White House".

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