Donald Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

Posted June 18, 2017

The CEO of the right-wing website Newsmax, a close friend of Trump's, has been making the media rounds saying President Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy, who for years has golfed with Trump and offered him advice, told PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff Monday night.

"He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said on CBS This Morning.

He also added that he does not believe a special counsel is necessary.

Ruddy said he doesn't think Mueller should have taken the job due to what he considers to be conflicts of interest.

The White House has distanced itself from Ruddy's comments, and press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that he has not spoken to Trump about the topic.

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"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

According to a senior White House aide, there are no private conversations taking place about firing Mueller, and a White House spokesperson said Ruddy "speaks for himself". "I think there's a conflict there".

But no. The president's friends are now pressing the argument that Mueller must go, too. A special counsel is much harder to fire. "With respect to this subject, only the president [or] his attorneys are authorized to comment".

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.

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Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill.

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

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, in recent days Mueller's impartiality as special counsel has been questioned by some Trump supporters. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week. Trump decided he had to fire Flynn on February 13, saying even as he did so that Flynn had done nothing wrong and shouldn't be punished.

First and foremost, Trump can not actually fire Mueller.

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause". Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump or his associates had links to Russian hackers, and Trump lacks the direct authority to dismiss him.

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