Rosenstein says he's seen no good cause to fire Mueller

Scarborough speculated that the president might extend this particular story.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday he's seen no basis for firing Robert Mueller, the former FBI director he appointed as special counsel to oversee an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Reports emerged that President Donald Trump may sack special counsel Robert Mueller.

"All three of them could be lying to me; I don't think so", he said. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]".

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Trump defied conventional wisdom last month when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey after entreating Comey to back away from the FBI's Russian Federation probe. They didn't explain how they'd push that idea through a Republican Congress. "What's he done to be fired?"

Ruddy says that Spicer asked him to issue a follow-up statement or a tweet indicating that he never spoke to Trump about firing Mueller and so does not know first-hand that it is something the president is considering.

Mr Sessions, who was appointed as Donald Trump's top justice official, said he did not recall meeting the Russian ambassador to the United States at an April event in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington attended by the U.S. president, contrary to recent media reports. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director". "They need to be independent".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused the media of "creating a rumor that's not happening".

"With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR. The regulations provide that Mueller can "be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the Attorney General" (again, [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein here, because Sessions is recused) and only for "good cause". The move would be Nixonian.

Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting.

Rosenstein was testifying hours ahead of a separate Senate appearance by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was expected to face sharp questions from his former colleagues about his role in Comey's firing, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to step aside from the investigation involving Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein said.

If Trump instructs Rosenstein to dump Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when the two top Justice Department officials, Elliott Richardson and Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey President Richard Nixon's order to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation. That's what I would do. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Comey, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

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