17 June, 2017
A friend of Donald Trump said the president is considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the FBI investigation into possible Russian influence and interference in the 2016 election.
He told senators during a committee hearing that there would have to be "good cause" for Mueller to be removed from his role. As Rosenstein went on to say, "I've been a prosecutor for 27 years, we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigations".
Amid reports that US President Donald Trump was considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said that he - and not the President - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so.
"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.
Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.
"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.
Mueller was succeeded by James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.More news: Senna family clarifies Hamilton helmet gift
A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration. But his refusal to answer a question about who directed him to write the infamous memo suggests he might also be a witness to a crime being investigated by the special counsel. "I think it is", Ruddy said. Sessions testified Tuesday that he felt he had no proper choice because he had a potential political conflict of interest, having been a campaign adviser to President Trump.
In light of the reports, CNN's Jim Acosta noted that the president is apparently being advised not to fire Mueller.
"He's got all these weird relationships where he says, "I haven't talked to so-and-so in six months" and then you find out he talked to so-and-so that day", Scarborough said about Trump. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. Rosenstein wrote a memo to Sessions on Comey, which was then used by the administration to justify firing the director for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case previous year.
President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House.
"I think that Mueller should've not taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the Bureau", Ruddy said.
"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said late Monday.