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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy told Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour. "I'm not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do", said Sekulow, per Politico. "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".

Several Trump-supporting media figures called for Robert Mueller to be fired; a Trump friend said the president was actually considering it; a Trump lawyer wouldn't rule it out; a conservative newspaper suggested Mueller faces a conflict of interest; and a top Trump surrogate accused him of partisan bias. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing. Thursday night, Rosenstein issued an unusual statement complaining about leaks in the case.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs. "I think there's a conflict there". "I always speak for myself and not the President".

"I have talked to the president recently but we did not talk about the Mueller situation at all", Ruddy said. Indeed, his expectation that threatening to oust Mueller might compel him to soft-pedal the F.B.I. probe betrays a remarkable naivete of how Washington, and longtime civil servants like Mueller, operate. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said.

When asked about Ruddy's comments, the White House did not knock them down.

The Justice Department has said that Sessions was at the Mayflower that day, but there were no private or side conversations between the two. "They have had a lot of fumbles". "I consider him a friend".

A Mueller (pictured) firing could be the last blow before Congress starts taking action against Trump.

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Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich praised Robert Mueller when he was appointed special counsel but has since changed his opinion.

Members are using the event as a chance to grill Rosenstein about other topics, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election and Rosenstein's decision to tap Mueller as special counsel. A senior White House official confirmed that the president had interviewed Mueller for the FBI post in the Oval Office the day before Rosenstein tapped him to be the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

Firing Mueller might tilt the race for control of the House to the Democrats.

"This is an illegitimate special council", Ruddy said. "There is no underlying crime and no allegation of a crime".

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