NORC poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump's move to fire Comey

NORC poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump's move to fire Comey

President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the US election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Still, his remarks prompted this reply on Twitter from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, who said the committee would simply reappoint Mueller and then advised the president: "Don't waste our time". It is doubtful the White House could ultimately use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to Mueller's investigators.

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has been reported.

Trump's recent, abrupt dismissal of Comey generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment.

Among the issues being examined are whether he misled investigators about his ties to Russian Federation and his failure to disclose that he was working as a foreign agent of Turkey from August to November 2016: the same time he was advising the Trump campaign.

"The president has authority to take action", Sekulow said on ABC News's "This Week".

A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, declined to comment. "Because Comey makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation".

A source familiar with the matter later told CNN that Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Coats and Rogers. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]".

"If President [Trump] fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", Mr Schiff tweeted on Monday evening.

Comey told the Senate that he viewed that as a clear directive from the president to drop the investigation. "He's a pro. Nobody has a reputation like Bob Mueller, so you better have something specific to go after him with if you're going to claim that he's biased".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer ignored a shouted question from a reporter on Monday about whether Trump has confidence in Mueller. He thinks Trump is "weighing that option".

Mueller's possible firing would add to the firestorm already surrounding Trump's alleged attempts to influence the Russian Federation investigation. "I think that's just nonsense".

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Gingrich tweeted.

Joining the chorus was Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning, suggesting Mueller's role should be curtailed if not eliminated. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

He said the president could ask his attorney general or, because Jeff Sessions has recused himself, ask his deputy attorney general, a civil servant, Rod Rosenstein, to do it.

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