"The fallout from the firing of Mueller would likely be as explosive as (Richard Nixon's) firing of special counsel Archibald Cox in 1973".
Christopher Ruddy is seen as a confidante of President Trump, so his assertion on PBS on Monday that Trump might fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller is drawing a lot of attention. "Time to rethink." Fellow conservative Ann Coulter joined the push, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".
For all of these reasons, I believe there is a serious question as to whether Mueller can be impartial in investigating and deciding whether to prosecute an obstruction of justice claim against Trump.
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.
"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker.
"I never said I spoke to the President", he added. In that case, absent other potential crimes that require a special counsel, the scope of the special counsel's investigation should be limited to what Flynn did.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has the power to fire a special counsel. But the narrative has gotten oxygen from Ruddy and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has urged Trump to end the investigation.
As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.
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When asked about Ruddy's comments, the White House did not knock them down. Several of Trump's associates have obscured or lied about their meetings with or financial ties to Russia, Trump has taken a curiously pro-Russian approach to a series of diplomatic issues (including handing over sensitive information to Russian diplomats), and his son-in-law tried to establish a secret communications line to Moscow.
Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: "Double dare exists".
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor, James Comey, at the FBI headquarters in 2013. A person close to Trump's legal team added that they there have been no discussions about firing Mueller. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.
Ruddy, who is chief executive of Newsmax Media and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., confirmed his view in a text message to The Washington Post but did not elaborate. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification. Ruddy also said that Trump had interviewed Mueller for the role of FBI director before Mueller was named special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.
The U.S. attorney general has the authority to remove a special counsel for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".