No reason to fire special counsel: US Justice Dept

No reason to fire special counsel: US Justice Dept

Allies of the President cast doubt on the idea that Mr Trump would take such a drastic step, and officials said Mr Ruddy had not met Mr Trump directly while visiting the White House on Monday. There's at least one report suggesting he is considering it.

"And who appoints your replacement?"

In his latest flagrant slap to the face of American rule of law, Donald Trump has reportedly considered firing special investigator Robert Mueller, apparently for the mere fact that he is investigating Donald Trump.

In theory, that chain of command doesn't matter. "The questions raised so far by Trumpgate are similar [to Watergate]: How much power does the president have over the executive branch?" What makes this message really odd is that Mueller has barely gotten started, and Trump is already sending him a very public warning. "He is being advised by many people not to do it", the source said.

Those words don't mean Mueller won't be dismissed, it just makes it's less likely.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

Michael R. Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department's deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller. Considering that Rosenstein appointed Mueller, and without that "good cause", it seems likely that Rosenstein would resign.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he has seen no reason to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

Asked if he had confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Mr Sessions replied: "I have confidence in Mr Mueller but I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals", noting that he was not involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". "If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosentsein said, adding, "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

Of course, Rosenstein's answer does not confirm that Mueller is definitely exploring the issue.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he consults with a career ethics official when questions arise about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.

Asked about the Mueller chatter, Ryan said Tuesday that he'd only heard rumors but that the best thing for the president to do is allow himself to be vindicated by the results of the investigation.

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) own regulations confirm a conflict of interest by declaring that no one in the DOJ can "participate in a criminal investigation" if he/she has a "personal" relationship with someone substantially involved in the subject of the investigation.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. "If I am naive in thinking this, then we are indeed in trouble".

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on. It would be a frightful disaster and perhaps. the fall of the government.

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