No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

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"Look, you should really speak to the White House", Ruddy declared. Even though it is reported that the president understands how risky firing Mueller will be, those close to him feel that Trump is "so volatile they can not be sure that he won't change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised".

Additionally, Newsmax CEO and Trump confidant Chris Ruddy told PBS "NewsHour" Monday night that Trump was considering firing Mueller, which he said would be a "very significant mistake".

Despite the speculation, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that "while the president has the right to [fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so".

After media reports said President Donald Trump was thinking about firing Mueller, Rosenstein told the Senate Committee on Appropriations only he can give Mueller the boot. However, the White House has denied his claims.

Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.

"With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", he continued.

Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking if Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

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The morning missive appeared to refer to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. Nixon was eventually able to convince the DOJ's third in command, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox.

Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Thus, a Trump attempt to fire Mueller could play out in a variety of ways, depending on the reaction of the Justice Department. Under the regulation Special Counsel, Mueller can only be fired for good cause, and I am required to put that in writing.

If Trump did indeed end up successfully firing Mueller, Congress would constitute his next hurdle.

Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

Both Democrats and Republicans pushed back. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter. "But they've chosen the wrong man".

Overall, it is probably safe to say that if Trump were to try to fire Mueller, let alone succeed, public confidence in the administration, and the US government itself, would be very shaken.

They have done it before: Think about how it floated the idea of Mueller's potential conflicts of interest and remember those charges of Democratic ties to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe? For everyone's sake, let's hope that the Mueller firing scenario is indeed hypothetical and never plays out in reality.