Paul Ryan says everyone should just let Robert Mueller do his job

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the USA and declared it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

In a major story, The New York Times claimed that Trump was angered by reports that Mueller was close to fired FBI Director James Comey and entertained the idea of firing the special counsel. That decision would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who testified Tuesday in a Senate budget hearing that he would only fire Mueller for good cause and has seen no evidence of that.

But Ruddy on Tuesday opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, testified there was no reason to dismiss him, and said that he alone has the authority to do so.

"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats - his first four attorneys are all Democrats".

He said he doubts Mueller can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation.

The question on the minds of many of those in Congress was whether Sessions was aware of Trump's possible ulterior motive in firing the former FBI Director Comey from his post.

In 1973, former President Richard Nixon asked then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

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"Let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller. Read Also: Trump to announce Cuban policy next weekSeveral lawmakers came out in support of Mueller.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Ruddy did not speak with Trump about firing Mueller as special counsel and other White House aides suggested the Newsmax CEO was only speaking for himself.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

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