But the White House has now admitted there were no tapes of their conversations after all. Those regulations specify that a special counsel can be fired only for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of departmental policies". "I always speak for myself and not the President".
Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.
"I regret that I do not", Rosenstein said.
Under questioning from South Carolina Sen.
"Don't you think it is unethical for him to become the investigator against the President after having that private conversation?"
Finally, there's the question of whether Congress would consider a move to fire Mueller an impeachable offense. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise". Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
Ruddy did not state nor imply he discussed the matter with the president. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. On his radio program last week, Limbaugh endorsed the suggestion that Trump fire Mueller. The president has bucked many institutional norms without paying much of a penalty, and so it seems entirely within the realm of possibility that, through one mean or another, he would be willing to fire Mueller. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not". Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork. There are few such officers in place at least as of now, apart from Dana Boente, the confirmed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who is presently Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.
He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer also told NPR.
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Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack praised Mueller and told reporters "there is a ripple effect" as stories continue to develop on the ongoing probe.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy - who was at the White House Monday - told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.
But firing Mueller would be a political bomb in Washington.
Mueller plainly has not done-and I'm confident in predicting he will not do-anything to satisfy this strict test.
He could order Rosenstein to do so, for instance, and while there's no way of telling how Rosenstein would react, the Justice Department generally acts at the behest of the president. He has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's pick.
Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.
Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.
"Mr. Ruddy never spoke with the president regarding this issue".
"He is being advised by many people not to do it", the source said.
Now it would be a heavy lift for the Trump team to go after the former FBI director who was recently named as special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation. First, the statutory power to appoint a Special Counsel is vested in the Attorney General, and the longstanding general rule is that unless Congress specifies otherwise, "the power of removal [is] incident to the power of appointment". On Tuesday morning, however, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough reported on "Morning Joe" that this is not the case.
So the decision would be Rod Rosenstein's to make.
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