White House: "Trump Has No Intention" To Fire Mueller

Tyler Durden's picture

Hopefully putting to rest another narrative in which the press went off on a wild goose chase, after the CEO of Newsmax Chris Ruddy first said in an interview on Monday that he thought Trump was considering firing the special prosecutor on the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, and then the NYT boldly followed, the White House said late on Tuesday that President Trump has “no intention” to fire Mueller.

While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who earlier today was rumored would soon be replacing Sean Spicer) told reporters flying with Trump back to Washington from a day trip to Wisconsin.

Despite Trump's lack of commentary on the matter - and Trump would have quickly made it very clear if he indeed wanted Mueller out in one of his morning tweetstorms - some rank-and-file Republicans on Tuesday, gripped by the media frenzy, voiced concerns that ousting Mueller a month after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey would appear as obstruction of justice. Somehow the fact that Trump originally conceded to the appointment of a special prosecutor was lost on most.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to helm the investigation after Trump abruptly fired Comey – who was the one previously leading the Russia probe – in early May. Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference.

Meanwhile, not helping was Newt Gingrich, who said he spoke with Trump on Monday night and raised questions about the fairness of the Mueller-led probe. Gingrich noted that at least four members of Mueller's team had donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and groups, saying it’s “time to rethink” Mueller’s role.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller and continues to oversee the investigation, promised lawmakers he would not permit Mueller to be dismissed without legitimate reason. “As long as I’m in this position, he’s not going to be fired without good cause,” Rosenstein said. “I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders,” he said, emphasizing that the attorney general “actually does not know what we’re investigating.” He added, “Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately.”

And still the vortex of speculation grew.

Finally, also on Tuesday, the NYT elbowed its way into the NewsMax inspired media frenzy, and reported that "behind the scenes, the president began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe."

Who were the NYT's sources? The usual suspects: "several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s interactions" and "one longtime Trump associate who remains close to the White House."

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az_patriot's picture

Why should Trump fire Mueller when he can neuter him instead?

FoggyWorld's picture

Because some of us who supported him are really getting sick and tired of his allowing this to go on.   Lock Her Up was one of the few things he seemed to support and apparently that just wasn't the truth.

And why should we who pay taxes, pay for Mueller and so far four Democrat contributors and lawyers who will just add to our debt.   And once this set of show trials is over, David Brock and friends will have another set lined up.

Trump needs to explain himself because apparently he only knows how to play defensively and it isn't working.  And his base is eroding swiftly.



wee-weed up's picture

Sad that this White House has to play a constant "whack-a-mole" game with the Lib/Socialist MSM's fake news stories. Disgusting.

Alt RightGirl's picture

Should be Jeff Sessions who should fire him.

Just to show the dems you don't mess with Trump team.

Looks Like Mueller and Comey are Colluding Against Trump

blueyefinity@yahoo.com's picture

The Dems are too desperate too make Russia thing stick.

And when you're desperate you're prone to lots of mistakes.

This air bubble will burst in notime.

fx's picture

If not intentionally, then fire this asshole unintentinally. makes no difference to me. Muller is a proven liar and played an important part in the 9/11 cover-up.

FoggyWorld's picture

David Brock must have 50 of these make believe stories all lined up and he will let Congress run through them until Trump is gone.   Truth doesn't matter but using Congressional Committees to waste their time being nasty is how the Democrats are planning to spend their time.

They don't seem to care one bit about the country falling apart and in fact that just may be a major goal.   And how many people really are watching these hearings I wonder?    Instead they get their view of things from Rachel and CNN while Trump watches the early pablum show on Fox News which I bet the Murdochs will allow to stay afloat just to keep Trump in control and consistantly ineffective.  

Have to wonder what his oh so trusted daughter and son-in-law DON'T tell him.


Bigly's picture

You echo most of his supporters.


If he allows mueller free reign to go on, he is FINISHED even if he is not guilty of anything.

The fact is, they are outsmarting him internally. I know it is difficult to fight on all fronts, but if he does not clear the decks around him, he is done. Too many hidden enemies.

And the public is not sticking with him.

1. Fire anyone who remotely smells like a neocon or prog

2. Weekly fireside chats and shut off the fucking press room


He is incoherently NAIVE.  The longer this goes on, the more i will believe it is purposeful


MalteseFalcon's picture

And Trump can start by firing Rosenstein.

FoggyWorld's picture

But why hasn't he done that?

HRClinton's picture

Even I could not agree more.

FoggyWorld's picture

Trump hasn't even ordered that the political holdovers from Obama be fired.   Too obvious but then he wastes his time wondering about leaks.

gold rubeberg's picture

He needs to delegate this stuff and get back on message. Focus like a laser on the policy issues that got him elected in the first place. The opposition strategy is to attack his Achilles heel of distractability ... if he lets them succeed he's toast.

Bigly's picture

He has, at most, 45 days or he is toast. Fire them all tomorrow 

Betrayed's picture

Look at what Trump ran on then look at his performance so far in office. Almost across the board betrayal on key issues. Zionist neocon scum running wild within the administration along with Goldman garbage. He's lost the support of many who gave him our vote and it will just get worse, because there's no other conclusion to reach other than the guy is a plant. His role is to divide and destroy constitutional conservatives who want the rule of law reinstated and upheld.

WTFUD's picture

Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

WTFUD's picture

Why hasn't Trump got Special Prosecutors all over Hillary & Co? That would take most of the heat off and improve his numbers considerably.

JLee2027's picture

Don't need one to me. Just start arresting people.

Horse Pizzle's picture

And Trump zeros in another leaker.

FoggyWorld's picture

He hires leakers.   Why is he letting MacMaster hire one of Susan Rice's closest subordinates?    Why is Rosenstein sitting in the DOJ?   Why didn't Trump at his first full cabinet meeting order them to clear out every single Obama hold over?   Why is MacCabe the Acting Director of the FBI?   Why do Hillary and Petraeus still have their security clearances and why do others from the Obama era have them, too?   Why do the Awan Brothers sitting on the other side of the world still have access and clearances?   Why?   Why?   Why?


Sizzurp's picture

I think Obama and Mueller are colluding with Russia to bring down our President.  We need a full investigation to get to the bottom of this.

SHADEWELL's picture


"Listen up MSM.... the only thing that I am firing is a brown stink missle from my ass in your general direction

Take a good whiff of that peanut and corn kernal covered brown log when it reaches you. Newsflash it doesn't smell like teen spirit

CUNTS i "moved"on you like a Bitch

Jacksons Ghost's picture

The Swamp is not as stagnant as we think.  The place is like quicksand, with tons of Swamp Monsters trying to drag Trump down.  He best go on the offense and fast.  He is up to his waist in the quicksand now.  Wake the Fuck Up!  Unload on the bastards, indict Comey, Lynch, Rice etc....   Open up an investigation into Seth Rich.  Go after Hillary, even obama if necessary.  Scorched fucking Earth!  The other side understands this.

FoggyWorld's picture

That is all the other side sees but they also see Trump isn't doing one thing to stop the circus so they just push on.

iamerican4's picture

Federal Judge Marvin Shoob refused to hear the BNL case Mueller corruptly prosecuted. Mueller is dirty.

Please fire Robert Mueller, Mr. President, he is corrupt. 

cheech_wizard's picture

I read a very astute observation earlier today.

There are 631 billionaires in the United States, and not one of these fucking losers has decided to become Batman.


Insurrexion's picture

The question is this:

Why not?

hxc's picture

Probably some kind of italian dish...

Sandmann's picture

Comic book heroes were developed in 1930s USA to "fight for the Little Guy" against Big Money

I love your wife's picture

Comey's testamony about Lynch should be enough to reopen the Clinton case and put Trump on OFFENSE for once.  Quit blocking bullets and start firing a hail of them.

FoggyWorld's picture

Odd that he phoned Duarte to congratulate him on his killing off possibe drug dealers in the Philippines the way he is.   No trials.  No juries.   Just murders and that is what Donald J. Trump phoned Duarte to congratulate him for.   And he seems to have tossed in our help from our Navy Seals to go after Muslims who have been acting up for over a decade.

Yesterday I thought maybe DJT just didn't know how to play big league defense.   Now I am wondering if he is playing with a full deck.



Bernie Madolf's picture

Hey Donnie, Maybe assign special counsel for Seth Rich investigation if u want to grab em by the pussy and quit f'ing around

FoggyWorld's picture

I'm beginning to wonder if Trump even knows the name Seth Rich.

Insurrexion's picture

Here are 12 times from Tuesday’s hearing that senators asked Sessions whether he met with Russian officials:

1 – Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) asked, “One, did you have any meetings with Russian officials or their proxies on behalf of the Trump campaign or during your time as attorney general?”

2 – Burr asked, “From your testimony, you said you don’t remember whether the ambassador from Russia was there?”

3 – Burr: “You never remember having a conversation or meeting with the ambassador?”

4 – Burr: “You reported two other meetings with the ambassador, one in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention, I believe and one in September in your senate office. Have you had any other interactions with government officials over the year in a campaign capacity?”

5 – Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, asked: “And again, echoing what the chairman said, again for the record, there was no other meeting with any other officials of the Russian government in the campaign season?”

6 – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): “So when you said you possibly had a meeting with Mr. Kislyak, did you mean you possibly met him?”

7 – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VA): “If I could, sir, did you have any meetings, any other meetings with Russian officials that have not previously been disclosed?”

8 – Manchin: “I’m going to go quick through this. Are there any other meetings between Russian government officials and any other Trump campaign associates that have not been previously disclosed that you know of?”

9 – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): “Did you have any communications with Russian officials for any reason during the campaign that have not been disclosed in public or to this committee?”

10 – Harris: “Did you have any communication with any Russian businessman or any Russian nationals?”

11 – Harris: “Are you aware of any communications (with Russians)?”

12 – Harris: “Are you aware of any communications with any Trump officials or did you have any communications with any officials about Russia or Russian interests in the United States before January 20?”


My answer each time:

"Fuck you, and your witch hunt. I answered that already. Next question."

Sandmann's picture

Is there a reason why the Ambassador of the Russian Federation should not be a) in USA  b) attending public political events ?

Is there a reason why a Citizen of the USA cannot meet the Ambassador of the Russian Federation ?

Has DC built its own Lubyanka for those who do, or have the Trotskyites who re-wired themselves as Neo-Cons decided to resurrect the USSR between Canada and Mexico ?

Sandmann's picture

Is there a reason why the Ambassador of the Russian Federation should not be a) in USA  b) attending public political events ?

Is there a reason why a Citizen of the USA cannot meet the Ambassador of the Russian Federation ?

Has DC built its own Lubyanka for those who do, or have the Trotskyites who re-wired themselves as Neo-Cons decided to resurrect the USSR between Canada and Mexico ?

incharge1976's picture

I'm pretty numb to everything at this point. Trump needs to go on the attack or die on the vine. 

I really don't know what the guy is doing. At times he seems to be one step ahead. Other times he seems to be getting his ass handed to him. 

11 years ago I was going through a divorce. I was getting my ass handed to me because my first attorney was playing into my feelings aka taking my money and letting me lead. I was trying to save the marriage and it was the wrong move. I finally woke up, hired another attorney, and the attorney told me that the divorce is essentially war and I need to treat it as such. We were fighting over money, visitation, custody, etc. My point is pretty simple. You either fight fire with fire or get your ass handed to you. Time for Trump to go on the damn offensive and stop being such a nice fuckin' guy. 

Arthur Schopenhauer's picture

Trump has been offensive for 70 years.

Stan522's picture

Trump firing Mueller.... More FAKE NEWS!

meditate_vigorously's picture

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Cracker Pipes's picture

Trump will jump Muler as he brings the bad acid over the borders of reality...

MuffDiver69's picture

At this point I can't help people, but wake the fuck up. Controversy is opportunity. That's been the Trump playbook since his first divorce. So he tells Ruddy to slip this out on fucking NPR you wackadoodles...Then Gingrich and the rest of the right play it up...Giving the reasons...

The democrat lemmings always thinking they are the defenders of virtue go into protection mode all the time their sheep might think "Why would he do that" in their little pea brains.

The controversy was the opportunity to air Mueller dirty laundry...Get it schmucks...

I will dedicate this to the press and all the other lemmings...Call it 3 fucking D or whatever, it's getting played...Did Trump wack the Paris Accord???


brushhog's picture

I love Trump but I think your giving him way too much credit for playing a deep game. In reality he shoots from the hip. Its kind of like those painting where the artist throws paint all over the canvas, then somebody comes along and credits the painting with a deep meaning.

johnwburns's picture

No need to fire him now. As the reason for his recusal Sessions cited regulation, 28 CFR 45.2, notes that a Justice Department employee shall not participate in a “criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with … an elected official, a candidate (whether or not successful) for elective, public office, a political party, or a campaign organization.” The Dims didn’t acknowledge that Mueller will have to recuse himself because of the same regulation. 

Sandmann's picture

Regulations in the US seem very flexible and rather like Confucius said "The grass bends the way the wind blows"

lester1's picture

And when Robert Mueller manufactures some bullshit charge against Trump, he will only have himself to blame for not shutting  down this phony investigation!!


What if Mueller demands to see Trump's taxes, then leaks them to the NY Times ??

Vin's picture

Fire that azwhole, stop ALL immigration completely, and tell Sessions to start the demonrat prosecutions.