Donald Trump's Russia troubles just got much more serious

Pauline Gross
June 17, 2017

Can President Donald Trump dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller, who is appointed to lead the FBI investigation into Russia's potential ties to the 2016 election?

"I think he's weighing that option", he said referring to Trump.

Ruddy was at the White House to meet with White House aides but did not speak with the president, spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign has met with a Senate committee probing the same matter.

Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.

About one hour later, Ruddy appeared on PBS Newshour and during that interview, he told anchor Judy Woodruff that he believed Trump was already "considering" firing Mueller.

Another conservative commentator, Byron York of The Washington Examiner, also called for Mueller's ouster, saying that the former FBI Director's longtime friendship with his successor at the FBI, Comey, caused a conflict of interest.

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Mueller, the former FBI director, was put in charge of the investigation after Trump fired Comey and public pressure mounted for a special counsel to take over.

"It's great if we can all agree that apprenticeships are good", she said.

The NSA said in statement that it would "fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to comment further. Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Ron Denmon, a 55-year-old independent voter from Houston, agreed that Trump has little regard for the country's democratic institutions and traditions, including the White House taking steps to avoid politicizing the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of 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.

Ruddy, who is chief executive of Newsmax Media and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, confirmed his view in a text message to The Washington Post but did not elaborate. "I'm not under investigation".

But Sanders would not say whether Trump had confidence in Mueller amid news reports that the president was considering whether to fire him from the post. Trump - while not under oath, it's worth noting - has insisted flatly that he had never urged Comey to slow or stop the Flynn investigation.

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