Fire Robert Mueller? Why That Trump Doomsday Scenario Won't Work

The friend of Donald Trump who claimed the president is thinking about firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, slammed the White House on Tuesday for the way it handled his politically explosive remark.

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 think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

He called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS. Shortly after Mueller's appointment was announced last month, Trump floated the idea of firing him, but staffers sought to squash the idea, which they believed would "turn a bad situation into a catastrophe", The Times reported Tuesday.

A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, tweeted Monday, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

The president was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.

'No, I don't think Trump should do anything to him, ' Gingrich told Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

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

You may recall that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigative matters related to Russian Federation, and that it fell to the next-in-command, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to make the call to appoint Mueller.

The Fox News host then shifted the discussion to the "actual crimes and actual collusion", all that don't involve President Trump, but do involve Comey, Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Hillary Clinton.

SHAHEEN: And at this point, have you see any evidence of good cause for firing of Special Counsel Mueller?

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

"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment'.

Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be involved in the firing of James Comey as FBI director given Sessions' recusal from any investigation into Trump's campaign.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, deflected the question in a House committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.

This immediately led to the "Saturday Night Massacre" with the resignations of the Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973.

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