Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says there's no cause to fire Mueller

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He appeared to be referring to comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. Thursday night, Rosenstein issued an unusual statement complaining about leaks in the case. So while Trump may no have been personally under investigation before, things have changed.

"Although Ruddy said he thinks" it would be a very significant mistake", he claimed that there wasn't a justification for a special counsel.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted. Online news mogul Chris Ruddy said: "I think he's weighing that option ..." "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. There's no reason to fire Mueller.

"I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said last month. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

It's hard to say how much credibility should be attached to Christopher Ruddy's remark on PBS and later on CNN.

One of Trump's lawyers refused to rule out a firing. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also is scheduled Tuesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a venue where the possibility of firing Mueller could arise. At the same time, after Trump's firing of ...

Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

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