WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia investigation. Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced the bill earlier this month as Trump publicly criticized the special counsel. Mueller is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. The measure under consideration Thursday would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing. A handful of Republicans have supported it, but most have opposed it, arguing that it is unconstitutional or unnecessary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has argued that Trump won't move to fire Mueller and has insisted he will not hold a full Senate vote on the legislation. If Republicans support the bill, some may be at … [Read more...] about Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Robert Mueller’s job
Rudy Giuliani and President Trump's newly reconfigured legal team met Tuesday with special counsel Robert Mueller and his staff to discuss a possible interview, sources close to the process confirm to CBS News' Major Garrett. Giuliani last week joined Mr. Trump's legal team, along with Jane and Marty Raskin, who are former federal prosecutors. Sources said the probability of a Trump-Mueller interview is now higher than it was in the immediate aftermath of April 9 raids on Michael Cohen's offices, home and hotel room. The raids on Cohen, who is under criminal investigation, were conducted by the Southern District of New York after a referral by Mueller. Michael Cohen to plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels suit But the raids antagonized Mr. Trump and stalled interview talks, Garrett reports. Giuliani, the former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, was brought it with the hopes of rekindling those negotiations. Giuliani appears to be taking the lead role as … [Read more...] about Giuliani, Trump legal team met with special counsel Robert Mueller
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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. White House legislative director Marc Short said Sunday he has no reason to believe they would be removed despite Trump’s increasing agitation over Mueller’s probe into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Rosenstein oversees that investigation. Complaining of a media fixation, Short tells NBC: “It’s like there’s an hourglass waiting there to see, OK, when’s he going to fire Rosenstein? When’s he going to fire Mueller? … As far as I know, the president has no intention of firing these individuals.” Short says he can’t rule it out in the long term, though, because it’s not known “how far off this investigation is going to veer.” … [Read more...] about White House: No plans by Trump to fire Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Kranish, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman Washington Post April 22, 2018 WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.But when Trump built his West Wing team, the brash New York lawyer did not make the cut. Advertisement Some in Trump’s inner circle worried about blowback from Cohen’s associations and unorthodox tactics in fixing the New York developer’s problems, Trump associates said. Get This Week in Politics in your inbox: A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent … [Read more...] about How Trump’s ‘fixer’ could provide Robert Mueller a break