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White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

18 Juin 2017

If President Donald Trump is truly thinking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller, he should reconsider and "don't waste our time", the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will testify in open session before the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in last year's election campaign.

The next major meeting for House and Senate Russia investigators is with Mueller himself, the first since he was appointed.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after Trump's inauguration.

Why is the president being investigated?

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the Post report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given Comey's testimony, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

Trump declared "complete vindication" following the hearing, despite Comey stressing that the question of whether the President was under investigation could change in the future, and dropping several telling hints that special counsel Bob Mueller was likely examining Trump's conversations and actions since taking office. He is a good guy.

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".

Before the rumor took on a life of its own, prominent Republicans had began questioning Mueller's mandate and his fitness to carry it out.

But Mr Comey also testified that, to his knowledge, the president had not tried to stop the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen.

"Even if Mueller is retained, Americans might not even receive a report from Mueller at the end of his investigation", Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause vice president for litigation and policy, wrote in a statement.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said.

Anything else to be examined? Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Who is going to be interviewed?

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue.

But his legal team responded angrily. A spokesman for Kasowitz declined to comment.

When Mueller was appointed as special counsel just a few weeks earlier, however, Gingrich sang a different tune, calling him a "superb choice" to lead the investigation.

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President Donald Trump is taking to Twitter denounce reports that the Russian Federation investigation is widening to examine whether he tried to obstruct justice.

White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller