AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor James Comey at the FBI headquarters in 2013

President Donald Trump smiles during a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. The interview took place several days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the interview, which was was first reported by PBS.

Christopher Ruddy, who is the CEO of conservative Newsmax Media, told PBS on Monday night that Trump was "weighing that option". In that interview, Ruddy said of Trump, "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". (That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's. Mueller was recently appointed to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

"What's he done to be fired", Graham said Monday. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment". Gingrich pointed to Federal Election Commission reports that showed that some members of Mueller's staff had contributed to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, in the past.

Meanwhile, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said he would only fire special counsel Robert Mueller if the request was "lawful and appropriate". And I am required to put that cause in writing.

"I can't imagine that they're going to be insane enough to go through with this threat", he said, according to NBC News. "It wouldn't matter to me what anybody said". I personally think it would be a significant mistake'.

"I can't thank you enough for the privilege that you've given me", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Under questioning from Sen.

"We are focused on solving people's problems", he said.

Rosenstein's conduct there called his impartiality into question.

The statement came after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

"It is certainly theoretically possible that the Attorney General could fire him, that's the only person who has the authority to fire him".




As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump. If President Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. "So I think the best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job". Coulter suggested that because Comey had testified that Trump hadn't been personally under investigation while he was FBI director, the objective of Mueller's commission "is now over".

"There's a lot of smoke and there's a lot of alarm bells going off", Ryan continued.

Rosenstein replied "We're not briefing the Oval Office, so I don't know how they would get there". "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

Though the Justice Department maintains that it has fully disclosed the extent of Sessions' foreign contacts a year ago, lawmakers have continued to press him for answers about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where both Sessions and Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Trump.

Rosenstein will also be on Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying in the morning before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies and in the afternoon before the same House appropriations subcommittee.

"All I've heard so far are rumors".

Rosenstein took over the investigation when Sessions recused himself from any dealings with the Russia probe on March 2 after his own dealings with Russian officials were disclosed.

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday that it is "unlikely" he will fire Mueller, but acknowledged that it is often hard to predict Trump's behavior. He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, and he thought Mueller "ought to review that".

Rosenstein told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he's seen no reason why Mueller should be fired.

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