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Nikki Haley Breaks With Trump, Endorses Special Prosecutor: ‘We Absolutely Need the Investigation’

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says she supports Robert S. Mueller as special prosecutor.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, Haley said “we absolutely need the investigation.”

“Trump has said the appointment of Robert Mueller divides this country,” said Melvin. “You disagree with that assessment. You think it’s a good idea.”

“I think that all these questions need to be answered so that the administration can get back to to work.”

It was a major rebuke for Trump who has very publicly sought to undermine the the FBI’s probe into connections between his campaign and the Russian government. To that end, Trump has fired FBI director James Comey and sought to use procedural rules to undermine the scope of Mueller’s investigation.

Haley has often been a roguish voice in the administration. She was the first Trump official to strongly condemn the Syrian chemical weapons attack. Her public comments were offered at the United Nations while the White House vacillated with a response.

Trump is thought to have a close relationship with Haley, but history has shown that, that’s nothing to bank on. Recently Trump even joked publicly about firing his U.N. ambassador if she displeased him.

During her interview with Melvin, Haley also repeated her condemnation of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the regime of Kim Jong Un in North Korea.

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