Trump admits he's under investigation

A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview last night that the USA president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I think there's a conflict there".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller, and since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.

Mueller has been silent since he was named to head the Russian Federation investigation on May 17, a week after Trump fired FBI chief James Comey expressing frustration over the probe. Since Sessions recused himself and Rosenstein actually appointed Mueller, it's likely Rosenstein actually has to do the firing. And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel. Trump can rescind the regulation that establishes the burden of "good cause" for such a firing, or he could simply fire Rosenstein and install someone more to his liking.

News of a possible Rosenstein recusal comes on the same day that President Trump issued a veiled slam against the deputy AG (while acknowledging that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice). The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action might now be part of the probe.

Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting.

"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker.

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He served 12 years as a Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Conservative media, led by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy, have suggested that the interview shows Mueller has a conflict in his special counsel investigation.

He emphasized that he thinks removing Mueller would be a mistake, but he described the special counsel's power and his appointment to the role as "illegitimate".

Even if Trump did want to fire Mueller, it is far from clear that he would be able to do so - at least not very easily. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. As we all know, Mueller is in charge of investigating any and all links between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government, as well as other matters pertaining to such.

"To the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate", Rogers said at the hearing, without answering whether he was asked - but not directed - to back off. This was after a February meeting in which Comey said Trump told Sessions and others to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. Adding some credibility to his account, CNBC's Kayla Tausche reported she had spotted Ruddy leaving the White House's West Wing just hours before his interview with PBS.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, the spokesman for Trump's legal team, said in an email on Wednesday.

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