White House officials deny claim Trump seeking Mueller firing

Close friend of President Trump and NewsMax founder Chris Ruddy told PBS’s Judy Woodruff Monday that Trump is weighing whether to fire special investigator Mueller.”I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel”, Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour. “I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president’s judgment that remains over here”, Senator Dianne Feinstein said.He called because “I have been very clear” about Mueller and the lawyers he’s hired amounting to a “rigged game”, Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS.”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, get to these things”.Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week sparked questions about whether Trump tried to obstruct justice. The next day, Comey says Trump summoned him to dinner to ask for his loyalty.This apparent effort to lay the groundwork for Mueller’s firing raises a key question: Could the president do it?He also noted that he thought the Justice Department budget request was “abysmal”.Both Democrats and Republicans pushed back.According to the Times, Trump has calmed down for the moment, but nobody knows how long it will last. “What’s he done to be fired?” She said the counsel was now pointless, as it’s become clear Trump wasn’t an initial target of the Russian Federation investigation, which may now be expanding into new areas. It could give immunity to witnesses at public hearings, increasing the chance that subsequent court cases collapse as prosecutors struggle to prove they didn’t get any help from the exempted testimony. They need to go where the facts go.The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue. The move would be Nixonian. Should Trump decide to remove the special counsel, he could pursue two alternatives: order the Department of Justice to fire Mueller, or fire Mueller himself. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. That’s what I would do.”My view is that subpoenas should be issued right away for all the tapes that may exist, even to establish that they don’t exist, subpoenas should be issued right away and to preserve their existence”, Blumenthal said.She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about “terminating” Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel. Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has “confidence” in Mueller. “Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements!” He added, “Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies”.”I won’t mince words, ” Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.On CSPAN: “I have some good sources in the administration”. “I think it’d be a disaster”.Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a “superb choice” for special counsel whose reputation was “impeccable for honesty and integrity”. Chris, remember there is no evidence of wrongdoing; there’s no evidence of collusion; there’s no evidence of obstruction.One of Trump’s lawyers refused to rule out a firing.So what’s going on here?