Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that a history of political giving is not a disqualifier for those who work for the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in US elections. Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing.

Ruddy fired back Tuesday morning to Politico, saying in an email that Spicer's statement "doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller" and "says I didn't speak to the president about the matter - when I never claimed to have done so".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he wouldn't follow orders from President Donald Trump or anyone else to fire special counsel Robert Mueller unless they were "lawful and appropriate orders". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to appear Tuesday afternoon before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own inquiry into the matters before Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.

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.

Mark Warner (D-VA) if he would try to have Mueller removed from the investigation, Sessions said, "I wouldn't think that would be appropriate".

Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR.

WARNER: Do you have confidence in Director Mueller's ability to conduct this investigation fairly and impartially?

The attorney general has recused himself from the Russia investigation - a decision he sought to cast on Tuesday as resulting from his role on the Trump campaign, rather than because of any inappropriate interaction with Russian officials.

Democratic senators on the committee attempted to clarify the boundaries of Sessions' recusal, something they say is unclear.

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. The Department of Justice appointed the former FBI chief to lead the investigation into Russian Federation following the firing of James Comey by President Trump.

Starr on Monday called Mueller "a great man" who is "honest as the day is long" and has a "great, great team of complete professionals".

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led one line of attack with a tweet that said "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

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.

"I'm not saying this investigation isn't important", said Ryan. Trump reportedly told top Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that pressure is now taken off after firing Comey.

"There is no debate that's going on here", Ryan said, adding he heard the rumor last night.

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.

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