Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr. Mueller. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. "I do believe it was considered as an option". But he said the special counsel regulations "require termination only 'for cause, '" meaning Trump would have to convince Rosenstein that there are grounds to dismiss Mueller. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

So as deputy attorney general, Rosenstein would have the power to remove Mueller from his position - as long as he had a good reason to do that and put it in writing.

Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking whether Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

"I think the President is pretty confident that this is all going to come out in the wash and ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is going to go away", said Speaker Gingrich.

A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

"I don't know Sen". Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

Asha Rangappa, an associate dean at Yale Law School and former special agent in the FBI's counterintelligence division, said in an interview that Nixon's firing of his special prosecutor is what "got the ball rolling on his impeachment", indicating Trump's constraints are more political than legal at this point. He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator". Katyal wrote that, while Mueller's investigative authority looks fairly broad as it was outlined by the Justice Department last month, he does not have the "sweeping powers" afforded to someone who is now in government and has been confirmed by the Senate.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.

President Trump is learning "every day a little bit" more. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he did not have third meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour he thought Trump considering terminating the special counsel was, "pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack praised Mueller and told reporters "there is a ripple effect" as stories continue to develop on the ongoing probe.

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