Mueller Investigating Whether Trump Attempted to Obstruct Justice

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that even if President Trump told him to fire Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, he would not follow the order unless he thought there was good cause.

Some have alleged that Mueller can not be a fair special counsel because of his relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump last month.

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

Former House Speaker (R-Ga.) questioned early Monday special counsel Robert Mueller's ability to remain fair and impartial in his investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. "This process has to play out because of what he did with [fired FBI director James] Comey and also calling for the investigation to end". He accused former FBI Director of manipulating the Russian Federation probe in order to effectuate the appointment of a special counsel, and he called on Congress to dismiss the special counsel altogether.


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, testified there was no reason to dismiss him, and said that he alone has the authority to do so.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.


Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

Look, my position is that Mueller is a man of integrity, but we all know in the history of these special investigations, they go far and wide, and they go well beyond what the original jurisdiction was. "I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly because I think that that's what he would want to have happen". The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Ruddy appears to have based his assessment on public comments made over the weekend by a member of Trump's personal legal team. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.


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