AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

Calvin Saunders
June 14, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment". That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. Rosenstein is also the Department of Justice official who appointed Mueller as special counsel late last month. What's more, in order to accomplish that wrecking operation, the president would probably have to fire Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who entrusted the Russian Federation investigation to Mueller after Atty. And I am required to put that cause in writing. Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added.

Gen. Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation connected with the election. He did allow for the possibility that he encountered him in a reception that he said was attended by a couple dozen people, though he said he had no specific recollection of that. Trump himself does not have the authority to directly fire the special counsel.

The statement came after Sen. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

ROSENSTEIN: Yes, Senator. You have my assurance that we're gonna faithfully follow that regulation and Director Mueller is going to have the full independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday he had confidence in Mueller, and dismissed reports that Trump might fire Mueller as "rumors".

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Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

Comey acknowledged during his Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked a memo to the press that detailed his meeting with Trump, in which he allegedly asked Comey to "let go" of his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN.

"This isn't about law, this is a political investigation, and the reason Mueller was appointed was to appease the left who was attacking the Justice Department about its investigation of this Russian Federation collusion scandal".

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who is advising the White House on how to handle the investigation.

Mueller was named special counsel to lead the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

But two Republicans who recently spoke with Trump have discussed Mueller's possible termination.

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