Rosenstein says he's seen no good cause to fire counsel

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Mr. Trump, Ruddy said, "was looking at [Mueller] potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director". Could Rosenstein's job also be in jeopardy? "I speak my own mind", he told Van Susteren.

When asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, whether a history of political donations would prohibit someone from being involved in the investigation. Suffice to say that Trump would be nuts to think that these flimsy objections would provide him with cover if he made the disastrous decision to dismiss Mueller and abort the investigation. "And for this president, if he does decide to [fire Mueller], it would be a big problem for him politically". And Rosenstein said Mueller could not be fired without his personal assent.

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he would be "surprised" if Trump fired Mueller.

Rosenstein: No, senator, it is not a disqualification.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on Capitol Hill today at 10 a.m. ET, addressing the budget appropriations committees for both the House and the Senate.

Democratic senators on the committee attempted to clarify the boundaries of Sessions' recusal, something they say is unclear.

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job.

Should Trump want to go around the department, the president would need to repeal the regulations enacted in 1999 that protect the special counsel from being summarily fired. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

"I won't mince words", Leahy told Rosenstein during his opening statement. Sessions formally recused himself from the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he had misled Congress about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, but he nonetheless played a role in Comey's firing.

Ruddy, who is a friend of the president's, said on PBS Monday, "I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel..."

Soon after Ruddy's remarks became public Monday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.

Ruddy said that, from what he can tell, firing Mueller is "a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel". I know the folks who wrote that.

"I said that the President was indeed considering that".

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.

Yet during the hearing, Sen. "Anything's possible", the deputy attorney general responded.

Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table".

President Donald Trump has no intention to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's USA election, the White House said Tuesday.

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