Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

Rosenstein made the remark at a hearing before the House and Senate Budget Appropriations Committees after being asked by Republican Sen. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

"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", Ryan said.

In 1973, there was such a firestorm following Nixon's move against Cox that the White House was forced to appoint another special prosecutor, Texas attorney Leon Jaworski.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US or conversations with any Russian officials about the USA election that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

"And you have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation and".

PBS' Judy Woodruff reported Monday that President Trump friend Chris Ruddy told her after visiting the White House that President Trump is "considering perhaps terminating" Mueller - a decision that would set off a massive political backlash. She went on to clarify that Rosenstein had the hiring and firing power, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March from anything related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". "What I think the American people ought to know is that their government is working", he 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".

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

So, Rosenstein continues, his determination on whether to carry out an order to fire Mueller depends on his judgment about whether there is good cause for him to do so. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". But the Department of Justice told the Post that ethics officials had reviewed the cases and determined it was still appropriate for Mueller to head the investigation.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month's firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

When asked about Ruddy's comments, the White House did not knock them down. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being not able to deliver us the truth about an issue we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. "Under the regulation, special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause and I'm required to put that cause in writing".

Prominent lawyers and politicos have started to chatter about the odds that President Donald Trump might fire Robert Mueller, the independent counsel looking into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Ryan added: "This is - I heard this is like a rumor we heard last night".

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