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Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House

Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House

"I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday. Chris, remember there is no evidence of wrongdoing; there's no evidence of collusion; there's no evidence of obstruction.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added.

I was reminded of that when Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary, was asked about Comey's testimony that Trump had lied several times.

Conway raised her objections on Twitter, where she wrote: "FEC report: Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors".

"No one is recommending that", the person said, noting, however, that the option hasn't been ruled out.

The White House referred questions to Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. "With respect to this subject, only the president [or] his attorneys are authorized to comment".

It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments. "Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! Don't waste our time". Trump himself does not have the authority to directly fire the special counsel.

Spicer had said that Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president. First, he fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey because the president had the Russian Federation investigation in mind.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, he has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

"In this case, the Deputy Attorney General since Attorney General (Sessions) is recused, can do it, and only for good cause", Norm Eisen, an attorney and fellow at the Brookings Institute explained to

Still not everyone is a fan. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out that many of his staff members have donated to Democratic campaigns. "And so that's what I would do", Rosenstein said. A firing of Mueller following the firing of Comey would pretty much turn the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation and most of the IC against the President.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator". "I think it's an accurate statement". "What had he done to be fired?"

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

"Senators, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein said. According to the regulations, Rosenstein could only remove Mueller "for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".

Attorneys general of the past did not shy away from this committee's questions, regardless of the topic, regardless of the party.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) is drafting an impeachment resolution that headmits won't go anywhere, but he says he wants to "move things forward" by pressing the issue and he likes the public attention.


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