President Trump pleased with Sessions testimony

President Trump pleased with Sessions testimony

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.

It's one thing that US President Donald Trump abused his power and fired FBI Director #James Comey for investigating his ties to Russian Federation, which is technically obstruction of justice and might just get him impeached, but now the President's friend Christopher Ruddy says he's thinking of firing #Robert Mueller, too.

The comment came in response to questions from Democratic Sen.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Tuesday night to reporters that Mr. Trump interviewed Mueller "I believe the day before he was made special counsel".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Tuesday he had confidence in Mueller and that he should be left alone to conduct an independent investigation, NPR's Susan Davis reports. After all, the current version of Special Counsel was created under the Clinton administration, with the rules drafted by Janet Reno's Justice Department to put distance between the White House and Justice. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recused from the Russian Federation investigation and can't either.

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

In 1973 President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was leading the Watergate investigation.

On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans expressed concern about Mueller's fate and advised the president that he would be making a big mistake by firing him.

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".

Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

The president thought because of Mueller's closeness to Comey - who was sacked by Trump on May 9 - the special counsel would be partial in his supervision of the investigation into Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

In his interview, Ruddy said Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive". Is that what's going on with floating the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller?

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

White House officials sought to downplay Ruddy's comments. "I can't imagine that anyone in the White House is seriously discussing that. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. Mueller is widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans, but at the moment, the president is supposedly considering firing him!

The source of the media's furious reporting, Chris Ruddy actually sat down with White House Correspondent Kristen Welker for NBC Nightly News.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

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