The Note: The White House stressing Sessions

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

A longtime friend of President Donald Trump said Monday that Trump was considering whether to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the president's campaign and Russian officials.

He did tell PBS that he talked to Trump last week, following the congressional testimony of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey.

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.

Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

But testifying in the Senate Tuesday, Rosenstein said he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

Is that what's going on with floating the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller? "Media should now calm down".

Initially, Comey was the subject of much of their derision. "They need to be independent". "While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday after a day of speculation over Mr. Mueller's fate.

My (educated) guess is that during his visit to the White House on Monday, Ruddy heard that Trump was considering firing Mueller. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

"There are some real conflicts". "On CBS This Morning former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had initially said he was a fan of Mueller, accused him of picking politically biased investigators", she reported, as though his statement somehow belonged to Trump. "I think he is weighing that option". "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]". But in a parallel universe, the one called It Can't Happen Here, that firing has already occurred.

Is Mueller too close to Comey? Katyal wrote that, while Mueller's investigative authority looks fairly broad as it was outlined by the Justice Department last month, he does not have the "sweeping powers" afforded to someone who is now in government and has been confirmed by the Senate.

BRENNAN: President Trump ignored questions about Mueller's fate. Indeed, he may never fire Bob Mueller at all. "Don't waste our time".

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

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