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White House says Trump can fire Mueller

AP  |  Washington 

The says thinks he can fire Robert Mueller, but isn't taking that step now.

That's according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Tuesday that Trump "certainly believes that he has the power" to fire Mueller.

Sanders says Trump believes that Mueller's probe has "gone too far" after federal agents raided the offices of the president's on Monday. Acting with a search warrant, the raid was carried out at least in part based on a referral from Mueller's team to a in

Under Justice Department regulations, only Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation, can fire Mueller.

The No 2 Republican in the Senate, of Texas, says he's confident won't fire

Cornyn told reporters today, "I don't believe that's going to happen." The GOP says lawmakers are letting the know that firing Mueller "would be a mistake" as Trump fumes over the FBI raid of his personal attorney's home and office.

Cornyn says he expects Mueller will be able to finish his probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election, and that his dismissal would have consequences "that not even the can anticipate.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 00:40 IST