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20 June 2017, 12:47 | Kara Nash
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White House sources have told ABC News that the president is not seeking to fire Mueller, but a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under c. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and continue down the line until a DOJ official acquiesced.
Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said.
Rosenstein said he was the only Justice Department official who could dismiss Mueller because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from oversight of the Russian investigation because of his staunch support of Trump during the campaign and later revelations that he had met twice with Russia's ambassador to Washington.
Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, on Tuesday said: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause".
"If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.
NPR reported on Friday that Mueller was being considered to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being named special counsel. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.
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.
"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Ryan argued Mueller must be allowed to carry on his investigation "because of what [Trump] did with Comey", referring to the president's decision to fire the former FBI director over the Russian Federation investigation.
"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".
Mueller was already granted a waiver by the Justice Department to lead the probe despite a possible conflict of interest stemming from his law firm's representation of some of the people caught up in the investigation, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.
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