Trump may sack special counsel in Russian Federation inquiry, says friend

Carla Harmon
June 16, 2017

Robert Mueller, the special counsel recently appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is reported to beinterviewing senior intelligence officials.

Special counsel Robert Mueller was a fair appointee to look into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation, right?

Though the special counsel has a sterling reputation and broad bipartisan support, one charge is that he is friends with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump unceremoniously sacked, which could color his views on the president and his circle.

The Post also reported that according to five sources, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Chief Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett have all agreed to submit to interviews by Mueller's team of investigators next week.

While Mr Comey told a Senate committee last week that Mr Trump was not under an FBI investigation at the time of his dismissal on 9 May, the President now appears to be under an investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

Video link: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions in a public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13.

Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

A person close to Trump's legal team also said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller.

Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR's Carrie Johnson, "We'll decline to comment".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the move would be a "disaster" and, he added, "There's no reason to fire Mueller. I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

Apparently many within the party now want Mueller ousted as the special counsel for the investigation, mostly because rumors are swirling that Trump wants Mueller fired - or at least that it would be in his best interest to do so.

Ruddy was at the White House on Monday to meet White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Spicer said.

Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement through a spokesperson in which he did not deny that Mueller was now investigating Trump.

Trump ally Chris Ruddy has caused quite a stir over the past 24 hours.

Even the House intelligence committee - which was nearly derailed by a partisan split and has been slowed by a decision by its chairman, Devin Nunes, not to completely step aside from the probe - took critical steps this week.

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