Deputy AG Rosenstein Says He's Seen No Reason to Fire Mueller

Deputy AG Rosenstein Says He's Seen No Reason to Fire Mueller

U.S. President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the White House has said of the former FBI director who was hired by the Department of Justice last month to lead an independent investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election. Though the special counsel has a sterling reputation and broad bipartisan support, one charge is that he is friends with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump unceremoniously sacked, which could color his views on the president and his circle. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. "The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal", it says.

Under questioning from Van Hollen, Rosenstein also testified that removing the special counsel in order to prevent the investigation-as Trump himself implied he did in the firing of Comey-would also not constitute good cause. "No, I have not", Rosenstein said. The resounding answer was no, and the implication is that if Trump ultimately decides to fire Mueller, then Rosenstein will have to go first.

According to Politico, Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein says he would ignore calls to fire Mueller unless he considered them "lawful and appropriate". However, top White House aides were able to talk him off the ledge, pointing out to POTUS that it would make things far worse for him.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy made the comments on the eve of testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump-Russia probe.

- Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

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Speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "frankly disturbed" by Trump's "hard right" supporters attempting to "discredit" Mueller and "sully his reputation".

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.

A source close to Trump said the president is being counseled to avoid firing the special counsel.

He said he's confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he has seen no reason to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "So I think the best advice will be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

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