Ken Starr warns Trump against firing Mueller

Alvin Kelly
June 18, 2017

A friend of the president says Donald Trump is considering "terminating" special counsel Robert Mueller.

Ruddy said in his PBS interview that firing Mueller would be "a very significant mistake", even though he didn't believe the appointment of the special counsel was proper.

Ruddy, a personal friend of the president, was spotted at the White House earlier in the day.

Justice Department Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben donated in 2008 to a political action committee for then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as well as a PAC for Hillary Clinton in 2006.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason why special counsel Robert Mueller should stop leading the probe into Russian interference in last year's USA election. And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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The White House was quick to react to the reports. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor, James Comey, at the FBI headquarters in 2013. Ruddy claimed that Mueller was "under consideration" to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a position vacated after Trump fired James Comey, and that he spoke to the president about it.

Starr's op-ed follows comments he made on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning in which he said there is now no obstruction of justice case against Trump, based on the evidence that has been made public so far. "Yes, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to abandon the investigation of (Michael) Flynn, but he didn't order it - something that, as president, he had the authority to do". "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

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