Trump may sack special counsel in Russian Federation inquiry, says friend

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Republicans said on Tuesday that it would look awful for Trump to fire Mueller, whose investigation covers possible collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump administration.

Former United States attorney Barbara McQuade, who served under the Barack Obama administration, told the Daily Beast if Trump fired Mueller "and it could be shown that his objective was to impede the investigation, it could be additional evidence of obstruction of justice". And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

In response to a "PBS Newshour" report that Trump is "weighing" the option of firing Mueller, Georgetown law professor Marty Lederman wrote at the blog Just Security that Trump could theoretically rescind or make less stringent the 1999 special counsel regulations.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend and the CEO of the conservative website Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller.

ROSENSTEIN: Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders.

A person close to Trump's legal team also said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller. "I think it is", Ruddy said. Rosenstein appears to be saying that unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who serves at the pleasure of the president, there is a far higher bar to fire the special counsel - there must be good cause, and he wouldn't do it without good cause. He too said Mueller should be left to conduct his investigation independently.

The two men worked closely together in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks when Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Comey was a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team's words, but he did call Spicer's statement "bizarre".

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. I never said that the President told me.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", said deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press briefing aboard Air Force One on Tuesday evening. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.