White House Plays Down Talk of Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Carla Harmon
June 14, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

"No, I have not", he said. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise".

"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", he said.

He says he is confident that Comey understood and would abide by the Justice Departments rules on communications with the White House about ongoing investigations.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he consults with a career ethics official when questions arise about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen.

In his interview, Ruddy said Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel.

Rosenstein: No, senator, it is not a disqualification. "And when asked I said that to the president".

The other option on getting rid of Mueller is that Trump could simply issue an executive order altering the nature of the Special Counsel.

"It is certainly theoretically possible that the Attorney General could fire him, that's the only person who has the authority to fire him". "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

Rosenstein told lawmakers during a Justice Department budget hearing on Tuesday that he hasn't seen a "good cause" for firing Mueller.

On Monday, Ruddy told PBS NewsHour, "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

Ultimately, Ryan thinks Trump will heed the warnings and not move to fire the special counsel.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Shaheen then asked Rosenstein whether he had given Mueller full independence from the Justice Department to conduct the investigation. "So I would consider it and if there was good cause I would do it and if there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter what anybody said".

"I can't imagine that they're going to be insane enough to go through with this threat", he said, according to NBC News.

"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats - his first four attorneys are all Democrats".

He explained Tuesday to the Senate panel that his decision was based on a Justice Department regulation dictating that 'employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they served as a campaign advisor'. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation and have requested to be briefed on what the bureau knows about any such encounter.

Trump supporters are mounting a campaign to have the US President fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is tasked with investigating Russian subversion of the 2016 elections, amid expressions of adulation and sycophancy by his cabinet colleagues that has drawn derisive comparison to what happens in dictatorships and totalitarian regimes.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.

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

Asked in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing if there was any cause to fire Mueller, Rosenstein flatly replied: "No".

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