The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.
Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director James Comey cryptically told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.
Schiff later told CNN’s Anderson Cooper he wouldn’t be surprised if Trump was considering ousting Mueller.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
“I think he’s weighing that option”, Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour“. Sessions has recused himself from the investigation. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president’s agenda for months to come.
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is unafraid to tangle with Trump, said firing Mueller would be “a disaster, ” since the special counsel had done nothing to be fired.
“It’s a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation”, Gingrich said.
During a Sunday television appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Jay Sekulow said he was “not going to speculate” on whether the president might order the firing of Mueller.
Some lawmakers responded immediately to Ruddy’s comments, including Representative Adam Schiff of California, who is the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a “superb choice” for special counsel whose reputation was “impeccable for honesty and integrity”.
But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, did say he would be “surprised” if Trump fired Mueller.
But should Trump and his minions decide that Mueller must go before he has a chance to indict one of them, they will confront a major legal obstacle.
Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team’s words, but he did call Spicer’s statement “bizarre”.
They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.
“The attorney general is the one who has to fire him”, said CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on “Anderson Cooper 360”.
“Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive”.
The government let the old independent-counsel law expire in 1999 – at that point even Clinton’s tormentor, investigator Kenneth Starr, suggested the law needed to change. “I have confidence in Mr. Mueller”, he said.
“Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong”, Sessions added.