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White House: Trump "believes he has the power" to fire Mueller

White House: Trump

Many people have said you should fire him.

As Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference accelerates, drawing closer to the President's inner circle with yesterday's raid on his lawyer's office and hotel room, the President lashed out, calling the probe "a disgrace" and "an attack on our country".

The articles that provoked Trump's anger in December - which were published by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters - said one of Mueller's subpoenas had targeted Trump's and his family's banking records at Deutsche Bank.

The White House and Trump's lawyers have in the past repeatedly said Trump was not planning to fire Mueller.

Asked about Trump's comments, Sanders said at a White House briefing on Tuesday that Trump was frustrated by the special counsel's investigation.

By saying that Trump "believes" he has the power to fire Mueller, Sanders might have been choosing her words carefully, as it's possible Trump does in fact believe he has that authority. "I don't have any further announcements".

Trump has had an unprecedented level of anger toward the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice officials ever since it emerged that investigators had raided his longtime lawyer's office, home, and hotel room early Monday morning.

And the law enforcement action will nearly certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. According to the New York Times in January, Trump ordered the special counsel's termination, but White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit rather than carry out the directive and the president relented.

When asked if his employees had been interviewed, he also responded yes, but added, "I have not", reports CNN.

"That would be the beginning of the end of his presidency", said Sen.

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On another issue now in the news, he was asked whether his company had been contacted by the office of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the election. "You just can't", his former transition manager, Chris Christie, told ABC on Tuesday. Chuck Grassley, who heads the Senate's justice committee, told Fox: "It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller".

But few lawmakers from the president's party are willing to take the extra precaution of passing a law that protects the special counsel against unilateral dismissal, a move that would surely be controversial with his voters. Legislative leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have said they've "received assurances" that Mueller's job is secure.

Polls point to the political reason to leave Mueller alone.

On Capitol Hill Republican and Democratic members of Congress urged Trump to allow Mueller to do his work.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is asking a federal judge to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump.

Moore mocked Trump late Tuesday, after the president said that "Attorney-client privilege is dead".

"NO American president has EVER been subjected to such a search?"

A half-dozen conditions need to be met for such searches to happen.

Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general" for misconduct or other good cause.

"The decision by the U.S. Attorney's Office in NY to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary", Ryan said in a statement.


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