Politics White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

21:50  14 june  2017
21:50  14 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Mueller ‘won’t be surprised’ by Comey’s testimony: report

  Mueller ‘won’t be surprised’ by Comey’s testimony: report Mueller's team has been in contact with Comey before his Senate testimony this Thursday.Mueller's team has been in contact with Comey ahead of his public remarks this Thursday, Politico reported Tuesday. The former FBI Director is expected to stick to past conversations with President Trump.

Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

In an Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters, in Washington.© AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File In an Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters, in Washington. WASHINGTON — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the president, tweeted a report citing a Federal Election Commission report that states "Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors. Some maxed out, none wanted Trump to be POTUS."

Senate Intel chiefs meeting with Mueller next week

  Senate Intel chiefs meeting with Mueller next week Burr said they are also setting up closed-door sessions with Mike Rogers and Dan Coats.A spokeswoman for the top Democrat on the committee confirmed that both Warner and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman of the committee, are meeting with Mueller next week. A spokeswoman for Burr didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

A top aide to U. S . President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day

Her tweet, late Tuesday, ended a day in which the White House said the president has "no intention" of firing Mueller.

That statement was unlikely to quell criticism of Mueller from some of Trump's closest allies — including one of his sons. They have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is becoming too political.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller

  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller This comes after a friend of President Trump's said that the president is considering firing MuellerTestifying at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Rosenstein was asked if he has seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former FBI director. And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led one line of attack with a tweet that said "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair." He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent," Gingrich said. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller

  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Robert Mueller This comes after a friend of President Trump's said that the president is considering firing MuellerTestifying at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Rosenstein was asked if he has seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

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.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed FBI director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Anxiety about the probe — and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved — is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.

Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend and the CEO of the conservative website Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller, a potentially explosive option.

Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller -White House

  Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller -White House President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday. Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend and chief executive of Newsmax Media, told PBS' "NewsHour" program on Monday that Trump was considering firing Mueller."While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump was considering the move. She spoke to reporters as Trump returned to Washington from an event in Wisconsin.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the Executive Mansion that day, but said he hadn't met with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to."

A person close to Trump's legal team also said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality — the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the FBI director's job before he was named special counsel.

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russia probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday. The interview was first reported by PBS.

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russia during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto."

With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause."

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

Mueller to meet with Senate Judiciary Committee senators .
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to meet with top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. A Judiciary Committee spokesman made the announcement on Tuesday. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.Mueller will talk with the chairman of the committee, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California. He'll also meet with GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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