Trump may 'terminate' Russian Federation probe's Mueller says president's pal

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The expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation would represent the clearest legal threat to date for Trump, who has long maintained that he is not personally under investigation - and who reportedly pressured former FBI Director James Comey to say so publicly.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

A number of Trump allies have expressed concerns recently that based on who Mueller's hiring to build his legal team, the impartiality of the investigation is in question.

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"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

He believes he is above the law, ignores the emoluments clause, makes growing enemies lists, has an obsession with leaks, wants to toss offending reporters in prison, has White House spokesmen with little credibility, has his own jargon for lying (Nixon: "inoperable" statements; Trump: "alternative facts"), leaking false and manufactured information to the media during the campaign, and they even share a dirty trickster in Robert Stone.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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He also said he hoped that Trump had taped their conversation and would, in turn, release them publicly. Since then, the White House has refused to clarify whether such tapes exist.

The Washington Post also reported that Mueller's team was looking into conversations that Trump reportedly had with Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

Mueller has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Rob Rosenstein's appointment of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. He added, "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies". "Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said.

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

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. NPR reported last week that Mueller had been on the White House shortlist to succeed Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director before the Justice Department named him as special counsel. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Trump refuses to say whether he was bluffing or really has recordings. "You can't exclude the possibility, but I think it's just a way of raising doubts about this very good man respected by people on both sides of the aisle".

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