Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

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

Newsmax CEO says Trump is thinking about doing something really shocking Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller
Howard Terry | 19 June, 2017, 02:13

Amid reports that US President Donald Trump was considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said that he - and not the President - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so.

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Shaheen whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. "If there were good cause, I would consider it; if there weren't good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody said".

Rosenstein, who was speaking before the senate appropriations committee because Sessions has recused himself from all matters related to the Russian Federation investigation, said that only he has the authority in the justice department to fire Mueller and that he would do so only if the president's orders are "lawful and appropriate".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted during a Senate hearing Tuesday that he, and not Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsWhite House: Trump "has no intention" to fire Mueller Sessions decries "detestable lie" Despite drama and innuendo, Sessions hearing goes nowhere MORE, was the one with authority to hire and fire Mueller.

The firing would have to be carried out by Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, though regulations could be "set aside", the AP reported.

Speculation about whether Mueller would be removed was sparked on Monday after a friend of the president, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, said during an interview on PBS NewsHour that he thought Trump is "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said on Monday that "Chris speaks for himself", but declined to comment further.

The topic of both hearings is the Justice Department's budget.

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.

The statement came after Sen.

While Ryan did not say what he and other GOP lawmakers would do if Trump sought to fire Mueller, his words signaled that such a move would not be tolerated and may have been meant to influence the president.

He said he's confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate.

Despite that, Trump is stewing over the Mueller-led investigation in the same way he did with Comey.

"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said.

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

Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

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