Trump's lawyers pull back proposal for President to talk to Mueller

Trump's lawyers pull back proposal for President to talk to Mueller

President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, he would have months ago.

Trump declared he has confidence in the White House lawyer handling the Russian Federation probe, who has come under fire from outside allies who want him to take a more combative approach to dealing with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.

US President Donald has the legal authority to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said that payments made to women in order to effectively buy their silence about Trump could have violated campaign finance laws because it may amount to an unreported campaign donation.

Trump has repeatedly publicly claimed he would enthusiastically sit for an interview with Mueller, but he has been increasingly irked by the probe.

"If the president is thinking of using this raid to fire Special Counsel Mueller or otherwise interfere with the chain of command in the Russian Federation probe, we Democrats have one simple message for him: don't", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said. "I think Trump doesn't know how to deal with it and is very frustrated by it, thinks it's totally unfair".

"Trump can not directly fire Mueller", said Andrew Kent, a professor at Fordham Law School.

"It's vital that Special Counsel Mueller be allowed to continue his investigation without interference, and passing a bipartisan bill to ensure he can't be fired without cause is essential", Sen.

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Although the president declared that his White House was "calm and calculated", aides said decisions happen fast and with even less warning than usual when Trump feels backed into a corner.

Democrats said Congress couldn't trust Trump to leave Mueller in place, calling for more concrete action.

Asked about Trump's comments that the raid on longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen's office and hotel room Monday is "an attack on our country", Sanders said she has nothing to add.

Mr Trump has called Mr Mueller's probe a "witch-hunt".

"I think his much better course is to proceed with the investigation and tell the truth", Dershowitz said.

Caught off guard and furious with the encroaching inquiry, the president showed a flare of temper watching cable news coverage of the raid Monday afternoon, summoning lawyers Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow to get their opinion of what was happening.

Most constitutional scholars argue that only the deputy U.S. attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, has the power to dismiss the special counsel.

Rosenstein was at the White House Thursday, but officials said the meeting related to a separate matter.

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