A top US Justice Department official today denied rumored plans to sack Robert Mueller, the special counsel running the probe into Russia's election meddling, amid reports President Donald Trump wants him fired.
Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel, told senators on Tuesday that he doesn't see any problems with the political donations from some members of Mueller's legal team.
Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".
Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of Mr Trump, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mr Mueller from his position as special counsel.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired on the orders of President Donald Trump.
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair.
The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.
After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigations into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, and any signs of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Due to Jeff Sessions's recusal, this would be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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Ruddy visited the White House Monday, but administration officials noted he didn't speak with Trump.
"I think there are two main questions", King said.
"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added. And so that's what I would do - if there were good cause, I would consider it. "I think we've been about as active you can possibly be and at a just about record-setting pace", he said.
It's believable enough. After all, Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump himself does not have the authority to directly fire the special counsel.
Ruddy later added to that broadside against Spicer on CNN's "New Day".
"Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel". But the former Alabama senator recused himself from all Russia-related matters because of his involvement with the Trump campaign, which is at the center of Mueller's probe.
Sean Hannity said Mueller can't possibly be objective when investigating Trump's firing of James Comey.
Rosenstein said that he is the only one now charged with possibly firing Mueller and that he does not see the required "good cause" to do so. Ruddy is a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club who has met with the president several times since Trump took office. Some have questioned whether Mueller is too close to Comey.
Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committees, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place.
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