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Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller

18 June 2017, 01:43 | Opal Carroll

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Updated: A friend of President Donald Trump told PBS on Monday that he thinks the president is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

He served the bureau for 12 years during the administration of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

A report in The New York Times said the president had indeed weighed the possibility, was dissuaded by staff, and has since landed on the idea of simply pressuring Mueller by letting him know he could be fired.

Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing. But Trump's conservative allies have begun to turn on the special counsel, despite initally praising his appointment.

Two senators say they are disappointed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent his deputy to testify before a committee hearing on the Justice Department's budget.

Sources have told CNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.

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A presidential spokesperson responded with a qualified endorsement Tuesday: "While the president has the right to [fire Robert Mueller], he has no intention to do so", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a reporter's question.

Mr Trump does not have the authority to dismiss Mr Mueller, and he would have to ask Mr Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel, to do so.

Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that he leaked information from memos he wrote describing his private conversations with Trump.

Ruddy appeared on PBS Monday night to reveal that President Donald Trump may be looking to fire Mueller, who is conducting the investigation into the president's campaign ties to Russian Federation. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, adding he thought Mueller "ought to review that".

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

"I think it would be odd [Mueller] would have a confidential conversation and then, a few days later, become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating", Ruddy said. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about.

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



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