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Trump is allegedly 'weighing' firing special prosecutor in Russian Federation probe

16 June 2017

Gingrich later clarified that the "bad people" he was referring to are the "people who are going to be after" the president. On Monday, speculation was stoked that Trump was considering terminating Mueller, after a confidante of the president suggested it was under consideration. Such a firing must come from the attorney general, according to the Code of Federal Regulations, which would be Rosenstein, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Chris Ruddy told PBS's Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". "I think there's a conflict there", Ruddy said.

Trump, who has called the appointment of Mueller "a witch hunt", has yet to publicly attack the credibility of the special counsel.

The president sacked Comey in early May.

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Democrats on Monday accused Republicans of beginning a campaign to smear Mueller's reputation as he engages in a broad investigation that could include whether Trump obstructed justice by first pressuring Comey to end parts of the inquiry, and then by firing him.

"I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently", Ruddy said, though he was clear as he insisted that firing Mueller would "be a very significant mistake".

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. "I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he chose to fire me because of that".

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference.

Mueller's investigation will oversee an FBI probe into whether members of Trump's campaign team and his associates colluded to help Russian Federation with its interference in the election.

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates", a source told the Times reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter. And I have to look at - when you say there's no - Judy, I think we both have to agree, so far, there's been no evidence of wrongdoing.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show." "So I'm sure he'll talk to Chris Ruddy today".

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Trump is allegedly 'weighing' firing special prosecutor in Russian Federation probe