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Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

18 Juin 2017

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., suggesting that the attorney general was "cowering" in the face of tough questioning.

Mueller's investigation will oversee an FBI probe into whether members of Trump's campaign team and his associates colluded to help Russian Federation with its interference in the election.

SHAHEEN: At this point, have you seen any evidence of good cause for firing of special counsel Mueller? I would say that Republicans in Washington are nearly unanimous in the opinion that to do that would cause a political firestorm that would be yet another self-inflicted wound of the president's own making.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday morning. In that role, Rosenstein has the authority to fire Mueller under some circumstances. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said".

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. "I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation", said Rosenstein.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy made the comments on the eve of testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump-Russia probe.

When Comey leaked memos of his conversations with the president, saying Trump had asked for his "loyalty", and hoping that he would ease off on the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as a special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the election and the possibility of the Trump campaign's ties to that interference. Under the regulation, special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause.

In any case, pushing for Mueller's firing would be a drastic move, given the uproar that followed Trump's firing of then-FBI director James Comey last month.

Allies of the President cast doubt on the idea that Mr Trump would take such a drastic step, and officials said Mr Ruddy had not met Mr Trump directly while visiting the White House on Monday.

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The rest of the White House staff seems to be sticking to their new strategy of compartmentalizing, referring all these questions about the investigation to the president's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz.

But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

Mueller's position gives him much leeway, and Trump allies are anxious that this will lead to charges completely unrelated to the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

The White House downplayed Ruddy's comments.

Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

"I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise", he added. Ruddy is long-time friend of the President.

It would also create an untenable situation for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who reportedly has already offered the president his resignation once.

"I can't imagine that anyone in the White House is seriously discussing that".

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause