Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ryan says Trump should let Mueller do his job

Former House Speaker (R-Ga.) questioned early Monday special counsel Robert Mueller's ability to remain fair and impartial in his investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. In an interview on CNN's "New Day", Ruddy said, "I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel".

Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added. "I think it's a threat to the Trump presidency".

Mueller, Rosenstein said, has the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday. Instead, experts say the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.

The statement from the GOP congressman comes hours after it was reported that Donald Trump lost his favorite talking point and is, in fact, under criminal investigation for obstructing justice - an unprecedented development in a young presidency filled with explosive revelations. Days after that happened, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision to terminate him, and he has dismissed the probe as "fake news".

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless they are a lawful order", Rosenstein responded. Unsatisfied, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said that he'd like the scope in writing.

The letter said the investigation would also probe Mr Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as former president Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

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Even as leading Republican legislators Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, expressions of discontent with Mueller have bubbled up nonetheless.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Christopher Ruddy, a conservative publisher and a longtime friend of Trump, said Monday that Trump was considering removing Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who has been praised for his credibility by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Attorney General Jeff Session, right, and Vice President Mike Pence attend a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation".

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

Asked about the Mueller chatter, Ryan said Tuesday that he'd only heard rumors but that the best thing for the president to do is allow himself to be vindicated by the results of the investigation.

The attorney general has recused himself from the Russia investigation - a decision he sought to cast on Tuesday as resulting from his role on the Trump campaign, rather than because of any inappropriate interaction with Russian officials.

Trump, however, lacks the legal authority to directly fire Mueller.

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