Politics Trump insists that if he wanted to fire Mueller, he already would have

14:15  12 april  2018
14:15  12 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Trump: 'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller

  Trump: 'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller President Trump on Monday said many people have suggested he fire special counsel Robert Mueller, renewing speculation over the fate of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump was asked during a meeting with military officials why he doesn't fire the special counsel, who issued a referral that helped lead to a series of search warrants for Cohen's office."We'll see what happens. Many people have said you should fire him.

If Trump were to insist that Mueller go, it would likely be Rosenstein who’d get the call. Trump , you see, likely lacks the legal ability to fire Mueller himself; while 45 would be almost certain to declare his power And it sure looks like Trump is setting the wheels in motion that he wants Rosenstein out.

Trump couldn't fire Mueller directly — he 'd have to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller 's probe, and then maybe a couple of people What's interesting about Gowdy's quote is the part about the "increasingly small group of Republicans" who don't want to rein in Mueller .

Donald Trump, Robert Mueller are posing for a picture © Getty Images

President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, he would have months ago.

"If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper," Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

Trump was disputing a New York Times report published Tuesday that said the President sought to fire Mueller in December following reports that Mueller was seeking Trump's financial records. CNN has also reported that Trump has wanted to fire Mueller for months.

The legality of firing Mueller has been a topic of conversation inside the White House since the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates last fall, a source told CNN.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the President "certainly believes he has the power" to fire him.

CNN's Jeremy Diamond, Laura Jarrett and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Senate panel punts Mueller protection bill to next week .
The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller until next week. "We will hold this bill over today at the request of several members of the committee," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said during a committee meeting on Thursday.

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