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Paul Ryan: Trump Shouldn't Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller From Russia Probe

House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated Tuesday that he disagrees with those who want the president to fire the prosecutor who is investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to tamper with the 2016 election.

According to The Hill, Ryan called on Trump to allow the Justice Department’s special counsel to conduct the probe without interference. “I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently and do his job quickly, because I think that that’s what he would want to have happen,” the Wisconsin Republican said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” Ryan continued: “I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things. Let’s not forget what this is originally all about. Russia is up to no good. Russia is trying to meddle into our elections.”

According to U.S. intelligence agencies, Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered last summer’s cyber attacks on Democratic Party officials. Russian operatives also allegedly planted “fake news” about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on social media, and may have hacked voter-registration systems. Several Trump campaign associates reportedly had contacts with representatives of the Russian government during and after the presidential race.

When Hewitt asked about the possibility of the president sacking Mueller to thwart the investigation, Ryan replied: “I’d be surprised if he did that.” The issue arose Monday, when Trump friend Chris Ruddy claimed in a PBS interview that the president was pondering Mueller’s dismissal. “I think it is a consideration the president has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel," Ruddy, the head of Newsmax Media, told CNN the following morning. “Remember, there is no evidence of wrongdoing, there’s no evidence of collusion, there’s no evidence of obstruction.” He argued that “the basis of (Mueller’s) investigation is flim-flam.”

CNN cited “a source close to the president” who said White House aides are urging Trump to not fire the special counsel. “He is being advised by many people not to do it,” the unidentified informant said. Another source reported that “no one is recommending that,” adding that it is “unlikely” Mueller will be dismissed. However, the source pointed out the difficulty of anticipating the president’s actions and stressed that the administration has not ruled out firing the prosecutor.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer refuted the remarks by Trump’s friend. “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment,” the spokesman told reporters. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “Chris speaks for himself.”

Ruddy fired back with a statement to CNN. “Spicer issued a bizarre late-night press release that a) doesn’t deny my claim the president is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn’t speak to the president about the matter, when I never claimed to have done so,” Ruddy wrote. “Memo to Sean: Focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements. Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.”

Source: The Hill
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