Trump friend: Mueller 'illegitimate as special counsel'

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel.

Gingrich's claim echoes theories posited by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists that officials within the American "deep state" - namely, people working at the FBI, CIA, and the State Department - have been working behind the scenes to bring Trump down from the inside by leaking dirt about Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

In a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other for decades, senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for Mr Muller, according to The Washington Post. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week.

Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

None of the men were involved with Trump's campaign. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said. Flynn was dishonest about past contact with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. "I hope this is merely the appearance of impropriety, though that is enough to trigger the regulation, and that this isn't just another deep-state scam created to subjugate forever the half of the country that, in desperation, sent Donald Trump to Washington to try and break the establishment's death grip on power".

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.

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Whether Trump has the legal authority to fire Mueller is untested.

Trump has repeatedly condemned the investigation and called news coverage about it "fake news". They have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is becoming too political.

US President Donald Trump has lashed out on Twitter over reports he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, saying he is the victim of a "witch hunt".

What is obstruction of justice? It could also include providing false information to prosecute. "Our nation is grounded on the rule of law and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly". Chris, remember there is no evidence of wrongdoing; there's no evidence of collusion; there's no evidence of obstruction. Legal experts say this is a very hard standard to meet. "I've been friends the president for a long time". "These investigations are important", Ryan said.

TV interviews are seen as an effective way to reach voracious media consumer Trump, but Ruddy said that wasn't his goal.

"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

"No one outside the White House is contesting the fact that that is what happened, that director Comey is telling the truth", Seidman said.

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