Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

  • Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

The startling assertion comes as some of Mr. Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mr. Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility. That's what I would do. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

After Comey's testimony, in which Comey said the president himself was not under investigation, Trump claimed he felt "total and complete vindication".

The White House has been inconsistent with its public messaging about the dismissal - initially saying Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey's management of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but then the president himself said he had made up his mind prior to receiving the recommendations from the two top lawyers at the Department of Justice.

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.

Just 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". "I think we'll be in communication personally with him on any aspects that might bleed over from one to the other".

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".

Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.

"I am confident he will have sufficient independence".

Trump "shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball". Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said Tuesday he's been subpoenaed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in September.

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key people within the administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein and possibly Trump, the source told Reuters.

Fellow Republicans, meanwhile, pressed Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena.

Mueller's office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.