Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller

Dianne Feinstein of California, Rosenstein testified that now he would have to assent to Mueller's firing because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from investigations involving the 2016 campaign and that he would not now do so because he did not see the good cause that is required by the special counsel law. A highly regarded Justice Department careerist, he tapped Mueller - infuriating Trump - after the White House tried to pin the Comey firing on him.

Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was FBI director and Comey was deputy attorney general. Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump or his associates had links to Russian hackers, and Trump lacks the direct authority to dismiss him.

Responding to comments Monday from Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump, Rosenstein told the Senate Appropriations Committee that if the president ordered him to fire the special counsel handling the Russian Federation investigation, he would comply only if the request were "lawful and appropriate".

Rosenstein was testifying in place of Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. I want to know why he has provided false testimony to me and to Sen.

He added, "Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately".

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.

Much like they omit context when they described Levin as only a "radio host" (Levin is a constitutional lawyer and former chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese), they did the same when reporting on recent developments highlighting the conflict of interest between Comey and Mueller.

Sanders declined to say whether Trump had confidence in Mueller.

Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon's firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that "third-rate burglary", a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?

After media reports said President Donald Trump was thinking about firing Mueller, Rosenstein told the Senate Committee on Appropriations only he can give Mueller the boot.

Ryan closed the press event by saying that the reports of the president considering Mueller's termination are just rumors that are "creating a debate that is not occurring here".

Ruddy pushed back, telling CNN on Tuesday that Trump has considered it because Mueller is "illegitimate" as special counsel.

The discussion on Mueller's investigation came after some of Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - began questioning whether the wide-ranging probe is becoming too political.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Chris Ruddy told PBS's Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake".

Less than a month ago, he called Mueller a "superb choice", someone whose "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity".

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News that attempted to link Mueller to Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director Trump fired the same month.

White House staffers have nonetheless sought to talk Trump down from the idea. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive". Trump was especially outraged by Comey's admission last week that he had leaked a memo with details of his interactions with the president in hopes of spurring the appointment of a special counsel. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise". Ruddy's remarks came on the heels of Trump loyalists growing louder with their calls that Mueller should be removed from heading up the Russian Federation probe. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

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