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Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate”

"That would obviously be a bad move".

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

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy told PBS that Trump was considering getting rid of Mueller, and other Trump confidants ― most prominently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ― have been airing criticisms of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and questioning his objectivity.

Trump also had other issues on his mind on Tuesday as reflected in his tweets, the Russian Federation probe among them, as he sought to deflect attention towards Hillary Clinton and the investigation into her use of a private email server that came up during fired FBI director James Comey's testimony last week.

Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr".

Rosenstein's comments come just a few hours after one of Trump's longtime friends told "PBS NewsHour" the president was thinking about firing Mueller. "I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that's what he would want to have happen". I never said that the President told me.

"You're creating a debate that's not happening", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Tuesday morning, responding to a reporter's question about the rumors.

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said.

Rep. Charlie Dent called Mueller "a very distinguished man [with] impeccable credentials".

Trump might assert he has authority to fire Mueller on his own, courts might or might not agree. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from participating in the Russian Federation probe, and as a result, Rosenstein is now the highest-ranking official at the Justice Department overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Trump could ask Rosenstein to reconsider. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him, and order the solicitor general, who would be next in line in the order of succession, to give Mueller the boot. In his testimony, Rosenstein made it clear that he would not follow a presidential order to fire Mueller unless he thought there was a good cause.

"At the end of the day it's ill-advised even if the president could [fire Mueller]".

Schiff later told CNN's Anderson Cooper he wouldn't be surprised if Trump was considering ousting Mueller.

But the White House has now admitted there were no tapes of their conversations after all.

He said he doubts Mueller can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation.

"The FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team.

"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker. Some have questioned whether Mueller is too close to Comey.



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