Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

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

It was unclear if there would be any serious consequences from Republican senators were Trump to fire Rosenstein and anyone else who might refuse an order to remove the special counsel. In fact, the chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the Attorney General or in this case the Acting Attorney General. The resounding answer was no, and the implication is that if Trump ultimately decides to fire Mueller, then Rosenstein will have to go first.

'Yeah, all I've heard so much are rumors, ' Ryan said during his Capitol Hill presser Tuesday morning.

Sessions then recused himself in March from overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation probe and delegated that authority to his new deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein.

Former FBI Director James Comey raised additional questions at a hearing on Thursday, saying that the FBI expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he actually did.

In addition to tending to intensify the oversight from Congress, a decision to fire Mueller would nearly certainly lead to the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and probably also the resignations of the few other subcabinet nominees Trump has gotten confirmed at the Department of Justice.

While the president is deeply suspicious of Mueller, his anger is reserved for Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, and for Comey.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that Trump hadn't discussed the Mueller matter with Ruddy, the Newsmax CEO. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who is advising the White House on how to handle the investigation.

The only man who can fire special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the us election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, says he sees no good cause to do so. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

Even so, Mr Gingrich said, Mr Trump will not seek to dismiss Mr Mueller because he is confident the probe will conclude he has done nothing wrong.

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him. "These investigations are important", Ryan said.

"It is certainly theoretically possible that the Attorney General could fire him, that's the only person who has the authority to fire him".

Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who served as a top campaign advisor to President Trump, diminished his own role in crafting foreign policy during his Senate testimony Tuesday.

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