Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump Cheerleaders Turn on Special Counsel Mueller

Trump Cheerleaders Turn on Special Counsel Mueller

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Mueller as special counsel - Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the election - the appointment order said that Mueller was authorized to investigate Russian interference as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".

The US president is suspected of seeking to stall the politically-explosive probe following his shock dismissal of the FBI chief James Comey, and allegations that he asked Comey to drop his investigation of a former aide.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. (Message: I'll protect you.) He allegedly told Comey the next day, "I hope you can let this go". A firing of Mueller following the firing of Comey would pretty much turn the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation and most of the IC against the President.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

Ruddy said the ethics behind Mueller's presence are concerning considering how he was appointed to be special counsel.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

"I said that the President was indeed considering that".

White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing.

"The tiny wrinkle is that people who believe in a robust form of the unitary theory of the executive - the idea that the president should control the exercise of all elective power - might argue that the president retains this authority or discretion given that the prosecutor is an executive branch official", Michael Gerhardt, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, told In Meyers v.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo said in an email to BuzzFeed News.

When reached by Fox News after the remarks, Ruddy said, "while I am not claiming the president said it to me, I am confident of my sourcing". Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

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

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