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Justice Department's Rosenstein assures Congress of special counsel's independence in Russia probe

14 Juin 2017

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

Firing Mueller after a month in the post would be an explosive political step and inevitably raise concerns that the president was trying to obstruct an investigation affecting the White House.

Substitute anchor Kristen Welker, who led the interview about the alleged discussions about firing Mueller, replied, "Obviously, the legitimacy of the special counsel would be up for debate".

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said. "You have my assurance that we are faithfully going to follow that regulation, and Director Mueller is going to have the independence he needs".

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong.

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen.

"What's he done to be fired", Graham said Monday. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". 'I think he's weighing that option.

Rosenstein said that if he fired Mueller, he would be required to explain it in writing.

"You're not the witness who should be behind that table", Leahy said to Rosenstein. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

"When I ran, it was make America great again and that is we're doing it", said Trump during a cabinet meeting on Monday.

'These are bad people, ' he said.

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted. During an NBC interview days later, Trump admitted that his frustration over the ongoing Russian Federation probe played a role in his decision to fire Comey.

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ABC News reported that Sessions isn't expected to answer questions about conversations he had with Trump before the Comey firing. Sessions' testimony comes the week after ousted FBI Director James Comey testified before the same committee.

The statement came after Sen.

On CNN to anchor Chris Cuomo: "I think it is a consideration the president has had, because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel". After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

Democratic senators pressed Sessions on the legal rationale for his refusal to discuss those private conversations, as Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not asserted executive privilege around the hearing. "So I think the best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

The president, therefore, would have to direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller - or, somewhat more extravagantly, Trump could order the special-counsel regulations repealed and then fire Mueller himself.

In his dramatic appearance before former colleagues, Sessions also contradicted a contention made by former FBI Director James Comey at a hearing before the same panel last week. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) excoriated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Tuesday morning for, well, not being Jeff Sessions.

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. "So nobody else in the department will have the authority to do that", said Rosenstein.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

Christopher Ruddy, a close friend and CEO of Newsmax Media, discussed with PBS how the Russian Federation investigation and testimony of former FBI Director James Comey affected the White House and how Donald Trump might be "considering perhaps terminating" special counsel Robert Mueller.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

Justice Department's Rosenstein assures Congress of special counsel's independence in Russia probe