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What would happen if Trump tried to fire special counsel Mueller

President Donald Trump’s friend, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy texted ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday with a stern warning to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify. He told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “I don’t think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator”.”I think he’s weighing that option”, Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour”.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller, and since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.It was Mr Rosenstein who appointed Mr Mueller to the job in the first place, since he took carriage of the Russia investigation from the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself because of his own contacts with Russian officials in the lead-up to last year’s United States election. Even so, some are calling for Mueller to step aside, and others are encouraging the president to fire Mueller. But the President is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. Which matters? So I’m just going to ask one final time.Yet it’s a line of thinking that is making its way to the president’s ears.Mr Trump does not have the authority to dismiss Mr Mueller, and he would have to ask Mr Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel, to do so.Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation to require the step because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. As the former host of both “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice”, not to mention his lengthy career as a real estate and “branding” entrepreneur, President Trump brings a special expertise to the subject of firing people.And the President has no shortage of reasons for wanting the special investigation shut down.The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.BRENNAN: President Trump ignored questions about Mueller’s fate.But the White House has now admitted there were no tapes of their conversations after all. The objective of my appointment of Special Counsel Mueller was to ensure that there’d be public confidence in the outcome of that investigation, and he now has responsibility for that, and I think that if there are any questions, they should be directed at him, and I know he’s going to do the right thing as I would and defend the integrity of the investigation.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is back Tuesday on Capitol Hill for public hearings in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate.Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting.”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”, Ryan said on the conservative radio program “The Hugh Hewitt Show”.”Time to rethink”, he tweeted on Monday, citing Mr Mueller’s hiring decisions and Mr Comey’s admission that he instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Mr Trump in order to force the appointment of special counsel.”I said that the President was indeed considering that”.Ruddy himself told PBS: “I personally think it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don’t think there’s a justification for a special counsel in this case”.Then again, Mr Comey’s sacking was equally unexpected and Mr Trump’s unconvincing explanations afterward about why he was sacked suggest anything is possible.