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Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt
Bennie Garza | 18 June, 2017, 08:55

Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and friend of Donald Trump, floated the notion on Monday that the President might dismiss special counsel Mueller.

Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller".

President Donald Trump interviewed Robert Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey the day before the former FBI director was named special counsel, a White House official said Tuesday. "I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here", Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

He says it "became clear to me over time that I qualified as a principal adviser to the campaign and it was appropriate and right for me to recuse myself".

The reports started when a friend of the president's, Chris Ruddy, told reporters that the president was considering Mueller's termination.

"You're creating a debate that's not happening", interjected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who stood beside Ryan at a news conference held after a House GOP conference meeting at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill.

In the memo in question, Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

ROSENSTEIN: No, I have not.

Mueller has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Rob Rosenstein's appointment of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Rosenstein took over the investigation when Sessions recused himself from any dealings with the Russia probe on March 2 after his own dealings with Russian officials were disclosed. "I know Bob Mueller". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren".

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

Firing Mueller would not move the country past the Russian collusion allegations and would simply serve to make denser the cloud of speculation about Russian interference around the White House. He has "some real conflicts", Ruddy said.

And as Ruddy disclosed, he never said that he had met with Trump at the White House.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month and has the authority to remove him, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal. Read Also: Trump to announce Cuban policy next weekSeveral lawmakers came out in support of Mueller.

The firing would have to be carried out by Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, though regulations could be "set aside", the AP reported.

The special counsel can only be fired for "good cause", and Rosenstein himself would have to put that justification in writing, he said. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller. "I think he's weighing that option".

Yet during the hearing, Sen.

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