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

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

As billowing rumors that Donald Trump was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller engulfed Washington, temporarily overshadowing Tuesday's testimony at separate congressional hearings from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president stood before a gaggle of reporters at the White House and refused to confirm his support for Mueller, fueling the spiraling speculation with a calculated goal.

Democrats accused Republicans on Monday of beginning a campaign to smear Mueller's reputation as he engages in a broad investigation that could include whether Trump obstructed justice by pressuring Comey to end parts of the inquiry and then by firing him. One of Trump's lawyers dodged a direct question on TV about whether Trump would promise not to get rid of Mueller.

When asked about Ruddy's comments, the White House did not knock them down.

Well, it appears that Ruddy was right all along - he pointed out after the fact that the White House never denied the claim - as the New York Times is now reporting that the president has indeed entertained the idea.

As expectations mounted about the upcoming open hearing of attorney general Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill, a friend of the president added a new twist to the Russian Federation controversy by suggesting Donald Trump might be considering dismissing the special counsel investigating it.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour. We don't have to believe former FBI Director James Comey's account of Trump's threats and blandishments. Ruddy says he does not believe Trump will follow through on his consideration to remove Mueller.

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.

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Bailey worked as a Capitol police officer for nine years, according to his LinkedIn page, and previously worked for the U.S. Reports said multiple shots were fired by someone behind the dugout, which the gunman apparently used as protection.

A source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

Sessions later amended his statement to say he did meet with Kislyak "a couple" of times, and in tomorrow's testimony he is expected to say that he mistakenly didn't think of those meetings when he first answered the question posed to him before the Senate. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller could only be fired by Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", he wrote.

Ryan said Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, needs to stay focused on Russian Federation.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack praised Mueller and told reporters "there is a ripple effect" as stories continue to develop on the ongoing probe. "Look who he is hiring".

So far, Mr Trump has only directed his criticism at former FBI Director James Comey. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

Trump advisors and conservative pundits including Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter have called for Mueller's removal.