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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Trump Cheerleaders Turn on Special Counsel Mueller Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday
Erik Tate | 19 June, 2017, 00:52

Do we need a special counsel to investigate Michael Flynn? "I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said.

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said. "Some maxed out, none wanted Trump to be POTUS".

But let's assume we need a special counsel to investigate Flynn.

Created almost 20 years ago by Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno, the special counsel was "the right answer", Starr said, because it while is within the executive branch of government, the role is "assured of practical independence through binding regulations".

What about obstruction of justice? "There is no underlying crime and no allegation of a crime".

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama. "While the president has every right [to fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so".

Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly? The protection against lawless behavior in a democracy, in the end, isn't the institutional framework set forth in our Constitution, but the will of public officials to make that system work - and the ability of the public to put aside factional differences and support the rule of law. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. 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.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign. "I consider him a friend". If such an investigation is to proceed, it should be headed by someone who has no personal relationship with either the president or Comey. "Of course there was with Comey too and it kind of dissipated with both sides".

Back-to-back 68s lift Aditi to 14th on LPGA
Moriya, the sister of world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn , is alone in fifth at nine-under 133, three shots back of Henderson. Henderson birdied Nos. 12 and 13 and closed with five pars. "My irons were really good", the South African player said.

Comey and Mueller famously rushed to a hospital to prevent Attorney General Ashcroft from signing the reauthorization.

Lawmakers were eager to ask Rosenstein about whether the special counsel was safe from being fired by the president after Ruddy made his provocative comments on PBS's "NewsHour" that Trump was "weighing" whether to dismiss Mueller.

In short, Comey and Mueller worked in tandem in the defining moment of Comey's stint in the Bush Justice Department.

On Tuesday, Rosenstein also indicated his conversations with Sessions prior to Comey's dismissal could be a part of Mueller's probe. Among other things, the two have accused each other of being a liar.

Mueller's fate "rests exclusively" with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Starr said.

When asked about Ruddy's comments, the White House did not knock them down.

"For Mr. Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin". Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller. It really would be the Saturday Night Massacre all over again. "Ordering the firing of Mueller really does seem unlikely", writes Mike Allen. The events of October 20, 1973, mark the moment when everyone in the country, even President Richard Nixon's most dedicated backers, realized the president was in deep trouble.

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