Trump, Robert Mueller interview prospects dimmed by Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Michael Cohen

Nellie Chapman
April 13, 2018

What if Trump does make a dramatic move against Mueller, either directly or via the removal of Rosenstein?

Aides and outside allies described Trump as shaken and increasingly frustrated by the development, and they said his reaction had sparked discussion about whether the raid would usher an unpredictable new phase in how the president responds to the probe.

Still, there was no immediate sign that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., planned to bring such legislation to the floor, or that such a bill could pass in the Republican-controlled House.

After that, the possibility of a sit-down between the president and the special counsel "drastically dimmed, ' NBC wrote, with a source telling the network that the Cohen raid 'significantly complicated" talks.

Grassley's amendment, however adds a separate requirement for the special counsel to report any changes in the scope of the investigation to legislators, including any decision to prosecute or not prosecute.

Bannon suggested that Trump should now invoke that executive privilege, making Mueller's interviews with various White House officials null and void. The senators behind those bills, Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democrats Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey, combined their efforts for the measure released Wednesday.

It was unclear whether the proposed law would pass.

Sponsors told The Hill that the measure seeks to ensure special counsels have the independence needed to conduct fair and impartial investigations.

The Times reported that in early December, Trump was furious over reports about a new round of subpoenas from Muller's office and told advisers the investigation needed to be ended.

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"We'll see what happens", he said, according to White House pool reports.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on Thursday to say he agrees with the White House's "historically cooperative" approach to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Most legal experts believe that Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, is the only one with the authority to fire him since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the affair.

Joseph diGenova, a former federal prosecutor who was almost added to Trump's legal team last month, said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately fire Rosenstein.

"Why not pass this legislation now and avoid a constitutional crisis?". That's what we should be doing. For instance, under the rules, Rosenstein - or his successor in overseeing Mueller's work - could reel in the investigation by finding one of its strategies or techniques "so inappropriate or unwarranted under established departmental practices that it should not be pursued".

Trump repeatedly has called the Mueller probe a "witch hunt".

"I've shared with the president that I think it would be a tremendous mistake on his part to fire him", Corker said, warning that "I think it would end his presidency as he knows it".

For most of Trump's presidency the answer was Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general.

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