No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

Top White House aide Kellyanne Conway knocked members of special counsel Robert Mueller's legal team for not "wanting Trump" to be president in a tweet Tuesday.

Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend and the CEO of the conservative website Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller, a potentially explosive option. During the House hearing, New York Representative Nita Lowey asked Rosenstein if he had discussed former FBI Director James Comey's termination with the White House, and if anyone directed him to write his recommendation of Comey's dismissal.

"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said.

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".

The remark from the counselor to the president came as she promoted a CNN story that highlighted how three lawyers Mueller hired all donated to Democrats.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

The MSNBC guest continued by underlining that "the statute for the special counsel - really important for viewers to understand this - says the special counsel can only be triggered if there's an underlying criminal probe".

Hours after the interview, White House press secretary Sean Spicer released a statement that did not deny the claim, but said, firmly yet evasively, "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue".

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said. That official argued Trump "shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball".

Rosenstein noted that he is the only one who could fire Mueller, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

Mueller was interviewed both by the Justice Department and by the president personally for the director's position, according to a senior White House official. "If there were good cause", I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.

"Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again - Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a risky time in the history of our country", Trump tweeted, ending it with, "S.C.", a reference to the Supreme Court, to which the Trump administration intends to take its case.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey admitted leaking information to the press in a bid to get a special prosecutor appointed to look into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will likely be asked about the matter when he testifies Tuesday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

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