White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told senators during the appropriations subcommittee hearing that he has not seen any evidence of good cause for firing Robert Mueller III, whom he appointed as special counsel to supervise the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

According to Politico, Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein says he would ignore calls to fire Mueller unless he considered them "lawful and appropriate". "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing. US Justice Department regulations outline that a special counsel can be fired by the US attorney general "for cause".

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

"I don't think it's necessary for us to meet (again)", Burr said.

Asked about the Mueller chatter, Ryan said Tuesday that he'd only heard rumors but that the best thing for the president to do is allow himself to be vindicated by the results of the investigation.

Ruddy is Trump's old friend, who often consults him.




Trump, however, lacks the legal authority to directly fire Mueller. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. Some experts even said the move could trigger Trump's impeachment.

Mueller and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Comey was deputy attorney general.

Ruddy told ABC News that he stands by his comments that the president is considering asking Rosenstein to terminate Mueller.

On Monday night, American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan said that Ruddy's comments which claimed Trump might terminate Mueller caused "mass hysteria" in the White House.

On Monday Ruddy told PBS that he believed that the President was considering the possibility of termination of the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller met with Senate intelligence chairman Richard Burr and Sen.

Surely the president knows that firing the special counsel without an absolutely valid, ironclad reason would blow up in his face.

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