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Comey said that President Trump was fine with letting the chips fall where they may as to these "satellite associates".

He said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not involved in the Russian Federation probe and has not been briefed on it since his recusal.

"The attorney general is the one who has to fire him", said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on "Anderson Cooper 360".

Point (3) may require an assessment of the precise reason for Comey's discharge - e.g., was it the director's unwillingness to say Trump wasn't being investigated; was it the director's persistence in investigating Flynn; was it general dissatisfaction with the pace or course of the investigation?

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

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".

"The president did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel". There is another path Trump could take, says Yale law professor Akhil Amar.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

"Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again - Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a unsafe time in the history of our country", Trump tweeted, ending it with, "S.C.", a reference to the Supreme Court, to which the Trump administration intends to take its case. "His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity". (Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last night). "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR.

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Trump posted on Twitter shortly before 9 a.m. that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover". Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

President Donald Trump may consider firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Several theories abound so far.

But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

"In this case, we have what could serve as a trial balloon", he said on "Anderson Cooper 360", suggesting that it might be a way to test public reaction.

Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.

Should Mueller get fired, that would be a waste of time, according to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

"The president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", he said.

"I think it would be odd [Mueller] would have a confidential conversation and then, a few days later, become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating", Ruddy said. They did not explain how they would push that idea through a Republican Congress.


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