Rosenstein Says He Won't Fire Special Counsel Unless There's Good Cause

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein shown in March held closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday
Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller
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14 June, 2017

For many, the prospect of Mueller's firing immediately brought to mind the 1973 dismissal of special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal.

Last night, Trump ally Chris Ruddy announced that the president was also thinking about whether he would fire Robert Mueller, who is now leading the special investigation into Russian Federation. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go one independently and thoroughly".

President Donald Trump's friend, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy texted ABC's "Good Morning America" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday with a stern warning to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

While speaking to Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour, Ruddy said that he thinks the president is weighing that option.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

Sessions then recused himself in March from overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation probe and delegated that authority to his new deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting: "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

Ruddy's remarks appear to be based on comments made recently by Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team.

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

"This is something that I think was a rumor that came out last night", Ryan added. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Three members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by Mueller have given political donations nearly exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

The fiery Southern Baptist minister, who ran for president in 1988, hired Sekulow to be the chief counsel of his American Center for Law and Justice.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".


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