No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor James Comey at the FBI headquarters in 2013

But Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the President who attended meetings Monday at the White House, was the one who revealed that the issue was being discussed. "I can not get over these fawning Cabinet members", he said.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

Deputy acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Justice Department's investigation into Russian Federation because attorney general has recused himself, has the power to fire Mueller.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director James Comey cryptically told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself. Rosenstein was asked about it and answered this way, "You have my assurance that Director Muller will have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct the investigation".

The special counsel can only be fired for "good cause", and Rosenstein himself would have to put that justification in writing, he said.

Finally, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) got right to it and asked the question on everyone's mind - if Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller, what would he do?

On the other hand, it would cause a political storm, said the writer.

"Time to rethink", he tweeted Monday, citing Mueller's hiring decisions and Comey's admission that he had instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.

Former FBI director gave Mueller documents containing details of his conversation with the president on the subject of the investigation.

Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so "but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised", The New York Times said.

It would be hard to make the case, he said, that the experience of interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director would make it impossible for Mueller to fairly exercise the broad discretion afforded to prosecutors.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. "I am not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders". Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. "I know for a fact that he was under consideration and that the President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel".

Trump is clearly not insecure about former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week, Colbert said, because he said so himself at a press conference on Friday, plus a little extra.

Less than a month ago, he called Mueller a "superb choice", someone whose "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity". And unless there was sufficient reason to fire Mueller, he offered, "it wouldn't matter what anybody said".

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