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Ruddy: Mueller Appears ‘Out to Get the President’

“I am confident he will have sufficient independence”.Chris Ruddy, a longtime Trump pal, told PBS’s Judy Woodruff that Trump is “considering perhaps terminating” Robert Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor “against scurrilous and false allegations”.Vega appeared to try and put the viewers’ fears to rest when she explained that “President Trump cannot directly fire Mueller himself, but he could instruct his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to do so”. But Trump could try to invent a “good cause” and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. Rosenstein had gone before the Committee’s Senate counterpart earlier in the day.”No, I have not”, he said.Trump’s rationale was obviously a pretext from the get-go, as he had spoken out in support of Comey’s tough treatment of Clinton during the campaign.Burr said they discussed questions that Coats told lawmakers he couldn’t answer in public last week at a hearing, as well as the budget for intelligence for the next fiscal year. Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.He said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not involved in the Russian Federation probe and has not been briefed on it since his recusal. Press secretary said Ruddy has never spoken with Trump about Mueller and is not authorized to speak on the matter, which falls far short of a ringing endorsement for Mueller.Attorney general Jeff Sessions has already recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, leaving the personnel oversight to Rosenstein on this issue.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?Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.”I think he’s weighing that option”.If obstruction of justice is actually being investigated, I think it will be hard to conclude Trump did anything illegal.If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Gingrich, who only a few weeks ago called Mueller a “superb choice” with an “impeccable” reputation, tweeted on Monday: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair”.After Comey’s testimony, Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation.”When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we’ve got more problems than we think we have”, Womack said.If Republicans were to state right now that firing Mueller is a red line for them, it would require an acknowledgment that this whole “Trump as naif” narrative is just nonsense – that the problem is not that Trump needs to learn the rules, but rather that he does not believe the rules should apply to him.Among those the former FBI director is looking to interview are Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDan CoatsMueller requesting interviews with top intel officials: reports Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice: report Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels MORE, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.