Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy tells Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

But Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who initially praised Mueller's selection, said he has changed his mind because the special counsel is hiring some "bad people".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for public hearings in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said. I never said that the President told me.

"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.

Later Tuesday, Rosenstein told a Senate panel that he would not follow an edict from Trump to fire Mueller unless he believed the order was "lawful and appropriate".


In what has ignited another firestorm of debate in polarized Washington, a longtime friend of President Trump said Monday night that Trump is "weighing" whether to dismiss Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

NPR reported on Friday that Mueller was being considered to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being named special counsel. At the same time, after Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey this month, many things once thought beyond the realm of possibility look less so now.

Replying to a question from Sen.

Ryan noted if Trump chose to fire Mueller, it would be a "big problem for him politically". "I think there's a conflict there".

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him. But let's take solace in the fact that, at least for the moment, there's someone associated with this administration who appears to be acting in good faith. "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One flying back from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

President Trump is known to value the element of surprise. "You want to see this President in the express lane to impeachment, no ifs, ands or buts, then go for it. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. But Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise". When asked about the interview by CNN, Ruddy said: "My quote is accurate".

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