Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

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"That would obviously be a bad move". He added, "I think the best vindication for the President is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly".

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

And deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said simply: "Chris speaks for himself". I never said that the President told me.

Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller". Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a drastic step, and White House officials said Ruddy had not met directly with the president while he was there.

Mueller was interviewed both by the Justice Department and by the president personally for the director's position, according to a senior White House official.

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said.

Rep. Charlie Dent called Mueller "a very distinguished man [with] impeccable credentials". Graham also asked him if it would be a disqualifier to have worked for Hillary Clinton, who ran against President Donald Trump in the election and was a subject of a separate Justice Department investigation into her email practices.

On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein named Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe and possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections. If Sessions did recuse himself, it would fall to Rosenstein to fire the guy who he'd appointed weeks earlier. He is nearly certain to be asked about the possibility of the president firing Mueller.

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause".

But Ruddy on Tuesday opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel. "And for this president, if he does decide to [fire Mueller], it would be a big problem for him politically".

Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

"I can't give credence to reports of that, it's such an out-of-bounds thought", Sen. So it's hard for me to even respond in a serious way.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign. It's time for the Republican party to stand up and say, "enough is enough!". He asserted that "I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply".

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