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White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel.

"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller.

Ruddy noted that Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, left the option on the table in a Sunday interview with ABC News. "That after his close friend Chris Ruddy, a conservative media mogul and ABC News contributor, said the President is indeed contemplating firing the man leading the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation".

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Tuesday that Trump interviewed Mueller for the top Federal Bureau of Investigation job. The Post said both men refused the President's request. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel, because Comey makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation". What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.

"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said of Mueller on the June 13 "CBS This Morning" broadcast. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", he said, emphasizing that the attorney general "actually does not know what we're investigating".

"I have talked to the president recently but we did not talk about the Mueller situation at all", Ruddy said.

"If there were good cause, I would consider it".

White House spokesman Mark Corallo said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contests", Mr Warner said.

"I think if you're putting out press releases at 11:00 at night saying that Chris Ruddy did not speak with the president on this matter, when I never said I did, it is ridiculous, isn't it?"

"The FBI will use this funding to develop and acquire tools for electronic device analysis, cryptanalytic capability and forensic tools", he added, in turn enabling the Justice Department to continues its "leading role in enhancing the capabilities of the law enforcement and national security communities". "They have had a lot of fumbles".

"I don't know who you're talking to because I've had great contact with the president through many years", Ruddy said. I don't believe he will fire him. Mnuchin: "At times there could be a good shutdown" OPINION: Why Ryan's "ignorance" excuse for Trump won't wash Congress has a pathological spending problem MORE (R-Wis.) on Monday accused the media of ginning up a fake storyline about Trump considering firing Mueller.

Deputy acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Justice Department's investigation into Russia because attorney general Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions decries "innuendo" surrounding him Twitter mocks Sessions for referencing "Jewish AIPAC event" Sessions: Suggestion of collusion with Russians an "appalling and detestable lie" MORE has recused himself, has the power to fire Mueller.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

At least four people on Mueller's team are Democratic Party donors.


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