Transcript for Will Trump fire Robert Mueller?
We he's a good Wednesday morning of when there's a big question surrounding the fate of the special counsel Robert Mueller does the president. Have the power to fire him. The White House says yes but we're getting conflicting answers from legal scholars as the president scenes over this FBI raid on his attorney Michael Coen. Meanwhile a report out this morning says the president tried months ago to fire Muller and shut down the Russian investigation. ABC's or let science has the latest on that good morning I'll let. Diana and had this good morning in between president trump. And rob Robert Mueller is and train new territory the president openly musing about using his signature catch phrase on Mahler you're fired. President trump is heading towards a new fee selfless special counsel Robert Mueller. Why don't I just fire. Well I think it's a disgrace what's going on will see what happens but I think it's really sad situation when you look at. What happened that many people is that you should fire him. The White House insists the president has the authority took fire the special counsel certainly believes he has the power it needs. But it's not clear that's actually the case. Justice Department regulations state the special counsel can be removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from the rusher probe. Making the acting attorney general in this matter his deputy rod Rosen Stein. According to a CNN report the president may be considering firing Rubinstein a move intended to check Muller. The president's legal team met with smaller staff on the same day as the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Coe and it's a an attack or are. Country it is true sense Cohen told ABC news FBI agents showed up in a hotel room where he was staying. They didn't storm in simply knocked on the door no swat teams no guns drawn he described the operation as a respectful and courteous. In the wake of the raid the president's closest confidants Telus he is now less inclined to be interviewed by smaller. Something he has repeatedly promised to do even under oath. Leaders in congress are Maureen the president do not fire in the special counsel which should be allowed to finish ago interfering with the investigation. Would be a disgrace. The New York Times reports the president wanted to hire Robert Mueller in December that's the second known instance where he considered and seen the Russia probe. Now up on Capitol Hill two separate groups of bipartisan senators are reportedly be any together today to introduced legislation to protect the special counsel from being fired. But Diane in tennis it's unclear whether that bill would even come up. For a vote Yemen and Hearst many senators saying the president won't likely sign it. Are that thank you.
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