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AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Finally, one thing we saw from Comey's termination is that firing the investigator is not an effective way to kill an investigation as large and as public as the Russian Federation investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from participating in the Russian Federation probe, and as a result, Rosenstein is now the highest-ranking official at the Justice Department overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe. In response to a question about a hypothetical presidential order, he says he's "not going to follow any orders" he doesn't believe to be "lawful and appropriate". "That witness is the attorney general of the United States". Ruddy countered, "I'm glad you admit that".

President Trump's supporters have a history of manufacturing story lines to undermine opponents. "They need to be independent". According to him, "only the President and his attorneys are authorized to comment" on the subject.

Mr Sessions was revealed to have met the Russian ambassador twice previous year, meetings that he did not indicate during the Senate confirmation hearing approving his appointment.

Sessions adds that he has no knowledge of "any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign". But he denied that a third undisclosed meeting at the Mayflower took place. But both appearances, however, are being overshadowed by Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

The North Carolina Republican senator gave the update Tuesday at the beginning of an open hearing to hear testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

As Chait writes, for Mueller to retain his job, Trump must wake up every day and decide not to fire him.

Technically, Trump can't fire Mueller, as it would normally be the decision of the attorney general.

But on Monday, Christopher Ruddy, who runs the conservative media outlet Newsmax and is friends with Trump, told PBS NewsHour that the president was thinking of calling for Rosenstein to dismiss Mueller.

Shaheen also asked whether there was a record that gives Mueller full independence.

ROSENSTEIN: No, I have not. "He said no. He met with them twice as a US Senator". And Rosenstein said Mueller could not be fired without his personal assent. Rosenstein appears to be saying that unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who serves at the pleasure of the president, there is a far higher bar to fire the special counsel - there must be good cause, and he wouldn't do it without good cause. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said". If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

Under questioning from Sen.

Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller. I don't question his integrity at all, but he has to be careful not to create the impression of partiality".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

The Speaker then went on to discuss the policies and issues the House is focusing on aside from the Trump investigations.

"Their strategy is clear: they know or suspect the facts might not be good for the president, so they're trying to vilify the man who's in charge of finding them", the New York Democrat said.

So, Rosenstein continues, his determination on whether to carry out an order to fire Mueller depends on his judgment about whether there is good cause for him to do so.

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.

Appearing before the senate appropriations sub-committee in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Rosenstein said that Mr Mueller would be given the independence needed to do his job. "I heard this was a rumor we heard last night, so there's really not something to debate that is occurring with this". "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".


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