No cause to fire special counsel Mueller: deputy attorney general

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2017

Federal law clearly and specifically prohibits anyone, including the president, from dismissing a duly appointed special counsel, except the attorney general.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.

The memo reportedly recommended Comey's dismissal for having mishandled the Department of Justice investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails, according to VICE.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

Though Rosenstein's statement did not reference the Russian Federation investigation specifically, it was released hours after the Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner - Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law - over his finances and business dealings. In contrast, Mr Sessions said that he had agreed with Mr Comey about the need for proper communications protocol between the White house and justice officials.

He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause".

During his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, Attorney General Jeff Sessions maintained that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey was in line with a memo written by himself and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, expressing that both him and Rosenstein felt the FBI needed a "fresh start".

His reaction comes amid reports that USA president Donald Trump is considering sacking the man appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation.

Perhaps Trump will fire Sessions and then pardon him, in order to appoint a new attorney general who would then fire Mueller at the president's command.

"Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause", Rosenstein said.

"No, I have not", he said. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

Buchanan, a senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, also said the atmosphere surrounding the probes into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential race and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign is beginning to look like déjà vu. 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.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.

Other reports by iNewsToday