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White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential polls, the White House has said.

When asked about rumors that the president was considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Sanders said the president wasn't planning on doing so any time soon.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct", Comey said.

The meeting comes a day after politicians questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mr Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Mr Trump said the White House was considering firing Mr Mueller. The Act made it hard for the attorney general to fire that special counsel.

This is true for reasons similar to those that prompted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the same investigation. He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", which he said he would have to put in writing.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, the Post said.

BARRETT: Right. And if you think back to Comey's testimony, he says pretty clearly that he believes his firing was an attempt to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president. "The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year", he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

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Either way, as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) noted, the president could face a stern reaction from Congress if he tried to get Mueller out of the picture.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

Ignatius quoted Jack Goldsmith, a one-time justice department legal counsel to the George W. Bush administration, as saying that such a decision would be a "bad idea - for the nation, and for the president" and that he had a "hard time believing it is a live possibility".

The White House on Wednesday evening declined to comment about the Post's obstruction of justice report.

Gingrich effusively praised Mueller last month after his announcement as special counsel, calling him a "superb choice" with an "impeccable" reputation for honesty and integrity. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify. Sessions made that choice because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition - a potential part of the probe.

BARRETT: We got a statement this evening from a spokesman for the president's personal lawyer which basically accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking and didn't frankly say much else.

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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