Trump friend floats possibility of his firing special counsel in Russian probe

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The option is still on the table, but Ruddy's move takes away the president's element of surprise. "I think it'd be a disaster".

"The people in the administration were quick to reach out to me and say Chris Ruddy doesn't speak for this administration", Scarborough said.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment. "(Attorney General) Jeff Sessions is recused here, so it would be up to (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein, who was the person who just appointed Bob Mueller a couple of weeks ago". "I think the way the investigation is shaping up, he's out to get the president".

Can the President indeed fire the special counsel? And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".

"Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes". The former FBI director admitted only that Trump himself was not formerly under investigation, of course - and the special counsel's objective is not only to investigate the president but also his 2016 campaign, including the conduct of his aides, as well as the broader issue of Russian interference in the American electoral process.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

Trump advocate Newt Gingrich urged the president to "rethink" Mr Mueller's position. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. "The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal", it says. Mueller's law firm, WilmerHale, has represented Trump's former campaign manager and also some Trump family members.

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On Mr. Rosenstein's first standard - legality - there is an argument that Mr. Trump would have the authority to dismiss Mr. Mueller, though doing so would not be simple.

"I'm not a flak for the White House".

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said.

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality — he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey — and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.

Gingrich said that he wrote his new book, Understanding Trump, because "Trump represents a different world" than the "world of Washington". "Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing".

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