Can Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller?

Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who was appointed last month as special counsel to investigate connections between Donald Trump and Russia, is already in Trump's crosshairs less than one month after taking the job and starting his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian operation to swing the 2016 presidential election in his favor, according to a close friend of Trump's.

Ruddy said "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Ruddy's comments came after another highly visible Trump confidant, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seemed to encourage Trump to make the move, tweeting that "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

In his interview Ruddy claimed Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel. Last week, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

Ruddy told PBS he thinks firing Mueller "would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel".

"You look at the issue and say then 'what is the role of the special counsel here?' And the special counsel allowed James Comey to testify", Mr Sekulow said. A spokesman for the DNI also declined to comment to CNN. "I know for a fact that he was under consideration and that the president did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel".

Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out".

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

Ruddy first made the bombshell assertion that Trump was considering dismissing Mueller to PBS' Jody Woodruff on "PBS Newshour" Monday night.

Three members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by Mueller have given political donations nearly exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney Marc Kasowitz, said in a statement to CNN: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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