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President Donald Trump interviewed Robert Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey the day before the former FBI director was named special counsel, a White House official said Tuesday.

Statements made by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy set off many new questions Monday night.

"I think he's considering, perhaps terminating the special counsel".

"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.

President Trump is the commander-in-chief of the US armed forces, but he's increasingly letting his defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis, run America's wars.

For all the talk of how no one in the West Wing tells the president "no", many people do - though often unsuccessfully. The reason must be stated in writing and only the attorney general can actually carry out the firing. Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused to carry out Nixon's order to fire Cox and resigned as did Richardson's next in command, Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. But if President Trump or his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, wanted to eliminate Mueller, they could: The law that would've stopped them has expired.

Mueller was appointed by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US polls.

The lack of a strong chief of staff who will stand up to Trump and make him behave like a proper president is the major source of the problems in the Trump White House.

Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan.

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

The Trump initiative through the Labor Department comes in the wake of several other more controversial initiatives. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

- Andrew Weissmann previously gave $2,300 to Barack Obama's first presidential campaign in 2008 and $2,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2006.

As Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law professor and former top Bush administration Justice Department official, wrote in a blog post, an important constitutional issue exists on whether the president's authority over executive branch officials can be limited that way. Look who he is hiring. "Time to rethink", he tweeted.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel about a week later.

Trump canceled public events on Wednesday after the shooting.

President Donald Trump said Monday he'll announce an initiative later this week aimed at getting technical training apprenticeships for people without college degrees. Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel.

"If you're really interested in promoting apprenticeship, you have to invest in that skills training", said Mike Rosen, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the American Federation of Teachers union.

Second, he said Congress could muck up Mueller's investigation.

Shortly after Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the federal Russian Federation investigation, lawmakers speculated that the congressional probes may be sidelined by the forceful new presence. "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Trump fired Mueller they'd try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

For example, he said he spoke to a student at a university who wanted to become a police officer and was studying criminal justice.


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