The Note: The White House stressing Sessions

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"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

Former House Speaker New Gingrich, a key ally to President Trump, told "CBS This Morning" that the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling of the election, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a "rigged game" for its lack of pro-Trump attorneys on the case. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. But no. The president's friends are now pressing the argument that Mueller must go, too.

In appointing Mueller last month, Rosenstein said that the "public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

The news comes on the eve of Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committe on the Russian Federation investigation. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present. "That witness is the attorney general of the United States".

Gingrich noted the congressional testimony last week of James Comey, whom Trump fired May 8 as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who acknowledged that he had leaked his own memos of his conversations with Trump to force the appointment of an independent counsel.

Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions, one of the president's earliest high-profile backers. Should Rosenstein choose to resign, then the decision would be in an order of the sequence of command at the Justice Department. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., suggesting that the attorney general was "cowering" in the face of tough questioning.

Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly?

The talk about dismissing Mr 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.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centred on Sessions. It says Mueller planned to interview top current and former intelligence officials about their interactions with Trump. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

LIASSON: Well, there's no doubt that this new story about the fact that the special counsel is investigating him for obstruction puts it on a different track. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". He has brought to the White House the values of a failed Atlantic City casino owner turned reality-TV star.

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