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Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is unafraid to tangle with Trump, said firing Mueller would be "a disaster, " since the special counsel had done nothing to be fired.

If accurate, the report would also indicate Trump still has no understanding of the position the appointment of a special counsel has placed him in.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.

Trump has the power to unilaterally remove Mueller from the job, but legal experts argue that would create a crisis in American institutions.

Neither Trump nor Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered public support for Mueller.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the White House to let Mueller's investigation play out.




Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that while he feels "independent counsels are very risky", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out.

Several conservative allies of Trump have criticized Mueller in recent days, and a friend of Trump, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, said on Monday evening that Trump was thinking about firing Mueller. Rosenstein said Tuesday that Mueller has his full backing to conduct an independent investigation.

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time. Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the Trump campaign in February, a move that also provoked Trump's ire.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". Trump later said he was thinking about "this Russia thing" as he made a decision to dismiss him because he considered claims that Russian interference in the election influenced it in his favor to be bogus, an excuse by Democrats to account for his stunning upset of Clinton. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.

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