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Trump allies now question Mueller probe, even those who endorsed him

Irune Rengel | 16 Junio, 2017, 13:50

President Donald Trump may consider firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein during an open Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing what he would do if Trump asked him to fire Mueller.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

He said he would agree to dismiss Mr. Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

"The president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", he said.

The deputy attorney general added, "You have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation and Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately". There, the job would first fall to the person who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from involvement in the probe.

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Rosenstein "may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies", reads the regulation, which directs the deputy attorney general to put in writing the "specific reason" for the firing. Watch his statements in the player above.

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt". Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present.

Mr Comey at least has the advantage of having documented their meetings soon after they had finished.

In May, Rosenstein had announced the appointment of Mueller, a former FBI director, to serve as special counsel overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign.

"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week.

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Mr Trump is yet to comment publicly on the matter and White House spokesman Sean Spicer has told Washington media Mr Mueller's sacking is unlikely.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

He said he has found no good cause to fire Mueller. 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.

Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure.

In 1973, there was such a firestorm following Nixon's move against Cox that the White House was forced to appoint another special prosecutor, Texas attorney Leon Jaworski.

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