Rod Rosenstein: There's No Reason To Fire Special Counsel Mueller

As Rosenstein went on to say, "I've been a prosecutor for 27 years, we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigations". Sessions would then turn to Rod Rosenstein and tell him to fire Mueller. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said".

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized.

But in this particular case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

Under questioning from Sen.

He added, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted. He said Trump hadn't asked questions about the special counsel, but unless there were "good cause" to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "it wouldn't matter what anybody said".

The remark from the counselor to the president came as she promoted a CNN story that highlighted how three lawyers Mueller hired all donated to Democrats.

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt". Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not". Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork.

"The attorney general could fire him, that's the only person who could fire him."
Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has "confidence" in Mueller.

Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Rosenstein's comments come just a few hours after one of Trump's longtime friends told "PBS NewsHour" the president was thinking about firing Mueller. He urged the president to resist the urge to constantly comment on every development in the investigation, which he said could last awhile. Gingrich noted that at least four members of Mueller's team had donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and groups, saying it's "time to rethink" Mueller's role.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment. He recently said Trump's foreign policy has been "pretty good". The Justice Department sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify about the budget instead. That would mean moving one of Rosenstein's lieutenants into position ... who would also likely resign.

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 advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he sees no reason why special counsel Robert Mueller should stop leading the probe into Russian interference in last year's USA election.

It was called the "Saturday night massacre" when on October 20, 1973 President Richard Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus after they refused to fire Archibald Cox, who had been appointed special prosecutor in the Watergate cover-up scandal. Gingrich and others are arguing Mueller can not be fair, because he is friends with former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last month.

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever". "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]".

As expected, Mr Sessions also addressed a claim by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey during his testimony to the committee last week that he had expressed his concern about a meeting with Donald Trump on February 14th to the attorney general but that Mr Sessions had not replied. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

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