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Blumenthal: 'There Will Be a Firestorm' If Trump Fires Mueller

Blumenthal: 'There Will Be a Firestorm' If Trump Fires Mueller”

"In the Senate - I can't speak for the House - there would be sufficient support, I believe, for some kind of independent counsel, probably through a three-judge court, maybe limited to this investigation, but some kind of special counsel", he added.

President Donald Trump will face a "firestorm" if he fires special counselor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to one Democratic senator.

"Although Ruddy said he thinks" it would be a very significant mistake", he claimed that there wasn't a justification for a special counsel.

Reporters spotted Ruddy leaving the White House earlier in the day. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

York's case overlooks that Mueller, who was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 by Republican President George W. Bush, is widely respected on both sides of the aisle and was viewed as an impeccable choice by no less than Newt Gingrich at the time of his selection as special counsel last month.

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The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections. If there were good cause, I would consider it. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, Mueller has had his impartiality as special counsel questioned by some Trump supporters in recent days.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

In his interview, Ruddy said Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel.

For many, the prospect of Mueller's firing immediately brought to mind the 1973 dismissal of special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal. That leaves deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in the first place.



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