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No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

18 June 2017

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a Senate appropriations subcommittee, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a friend of the president, told PBS' host Judy Woodruff on "NewsHour" that Mr. Trump was considering "perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

"I'd be insincere if I said it wasn't a concern that the president would try to do it anyway", the aide added.

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"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted. "Why do we need a special counsel now?"

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said Ruddy "never spoke to the president regarding this issue". Comey said in his testimony last week that he had handed the documents over to the special counsel.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, he has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday. It has been suggested that Ruddy based his judgement on comments made over the weekend by members of Trump's personal legal team.

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The meeting came amid a whirlwind week for the intelligence committee, which is among at least four congressional panels investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, as well as Russia's broader efforts to influence the 2016 election.

"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest. 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. Sessions has recused himself from the investigation. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions also is scheduled Tuesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a venue where the possibility of firing Mueller could arise.

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe