Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy's decision to say that President Trump is weighing firing special counsel Robert Mueller harmed Trump's ability to fire him, a Trump confidant told The Daily Caller.
With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated.
The Times reports that Trump was talked out of firing Mueller by his staff, but this isn't the last that we are probably going to hear about the President trying to fire someone who is investigating him because that is what guilty people do.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller's fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies". "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe they are lawful" and that "it wouldn't matter what anybody said". The Times report said that Trump considered firing Mueller, something TheDC's source confirmed. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director". The interview took place several days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the interview, which was first reported by PBS.
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Ruddy said the ethics behind Mueller's presence are concerning considering how he was appointed to be special counsel. On May 17, Gingrich tweeted that Mueller was a "superb choice" for special counsel.
Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.
The revelation came after Ruddy was at the White House on Monday for a meeting with Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things". "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Mr. Gingrich tweeted.
He called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS.
Gingrich also said Trump had phoned him Monday night, and left him with the impression that Mueller's job isn't on the line.
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Castile's death was captured via a Facebook livestream launched by his girlfriend seconds after he was shot by the police officer. No video existed of exactly what happened inside the vehicle . "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me", he said.
His spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would later tell reporters the president "has no intention" to dismiss Mueller.
"While the president has every right to" terminate Mueller, Sanders told reporters, "he has no intention to do so".
It's hard to say how much credibility should be attached to Christopher Ruddy's remark on PBS and later on CNN.
Firing another investigator will force even his allies in Congress to deal with constituents who will demand to know if their president is neither.
"He had a private conversation with the President on his views about all sorts of matters potentially about the investigation", Ruddy said.
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Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window. Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at around 12:20 a.m.
White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.