White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

  • White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

"Even if Mueller is retained, Americans might not even receive a report from Mueller at the end of his investigation", Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause vice president for litigation and policy, wrote in a statement.

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

"No, I have not", he said. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

The idea gained traction after Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative news site and TV network Newsmax, said of Trump in an interview on "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". CNN has reported at the time that the White House was given only a brief heads up that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was naming Mueller to oversee Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion from Trump's campaign associates.

As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, implying he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Ruddy was at the White House on Monday, but he did not meet with the president, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

Other Trump supporters homed in on the sequence of Mueller's job interviews.

The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

President Trump has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Chairman Chuck Grassley has emerged as an aggressive force, pressing for Comey's written notes of his conversations with Trump and leaving the door open Tuesday to a possible obstruction of justice probe. If there were good cause, I would consider it, if there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has met with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than three hours in a closed session as part of the panel's probe into Russian interference in US elections. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue.

Another complication is that under the independent counsel statute, Trump can't fire Mueller.

"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller.