President Donald Trump refuted claims Thursday that he considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller past year, arguing that he would have already been dismissed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if that were the case. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!"
CNN is reporting that the White House has begun the process of drafting talking points trashing Deputy Attorney General to distribute to surrogates.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel, is probing allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, an investigation that has widened to include whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Congressional Democrats warned that the president was further setting the stage for Mueller's termination, with Trump indicating Monday he still had not ruled out the move, and his staff reiterating Tuesday that he believed he had the authority to do so. "No Collusion, so they go insane!" according to the President.
"Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter)", he wrote on Wednesday. Khuzami, a former head of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, only joined the U.S. Attorney's office in January after he was brought in by Berman, who himself is still waiting to see if Trump will nominate him to have the job permanently.
"It worries me because I realize how much he feels personally cheated and how much it feels like it's a personal witch hunt". Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on.
"A regulation by an agency can not constrain the President's ultimate Constitutional authority to remove all officers subordinate to him in the Justice Department".
Mueller is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and probing whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to sway the contest in Trump's favor.
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a Trump ally, said he did not expect a purge.
Russian Federation has denied that it interfered in the election, and Trump and the White House say there was no collusion. Trust with Mr. Mueller's workforce was "yet damaged", the person said.
I have received a good deal of criticism from some on the right for introducing special-counsel legislation, with the common refrain being that it is harmful to President Trump.
White House aides also anxious about the surprise announcement from House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will leave Congress at the end of the year. "But I think it's a really sad situation when you look at what happened, and many people have said "you should fire him".