Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

Jerome Frank
Июня 17, 2017

A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs.

The mere fact that we can take seriously that this course of action might be contemplated by Trump is a sign of how far down the road we have come to the weakening of USA democracy. "If there were good cause, I would consider it".

"Can you think of one thing that Trump could do worse than fire Bob Mueller?"

"He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy regarding appropriate contacts with the White House", Sessions said.

The New York Times reported, "That may have been by design, according to a person who spoke to Mr. Trump on Tuesday".

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

He has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's pick.

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

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"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said in a statement back then. Former President Richard Nixon's attempt to remove a special prosecutor during his tenure led to the resignations of two top Justice Department officials amid the Watergate scandal.

In former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week, he admitted to leaking a memo of a private conversation between him and Trump in an effort to induce the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump-Russian connection.

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

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Patrick Leahy say Sessions should be responsible for answering questions in a public hearing about his policies. White House sources have told ABC News that the president is not seeking to fire Mueller, but a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under c.

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

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

Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich reportedly told radio host John Catsimatidis that Congress should "abolish the independent counsel". "I always speak for myself and not the President".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.

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