Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

More concerning was the source's allegation Trump "was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration".

Rosenstein said he appointed the special counsel, he thinks it was the right thing to do and "I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation". Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., if he's seen any reason for Mueller to be fired, Rosenstein said, "I have not". If there were good cause, I would consider it. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter what anybody says".

Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr". Sessions recused himself from Trump campaign-related investigations in February.

Graham then asked whether someone representing Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation would disqualify that person. He wants the President to fire Mueller and wants a political fight against the very idea of special prosecutors.

"I don't think that's a question for me to answer", Rosenstein responded. Firing another investigator will force even his allies in Congress to deal with constituents who will demand to know if their president is neither.

Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein replied "We're not briefing the Oval Office, so I don't know how they would get there". Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for this investigation, for the process to continue. The fallout from the James Comey firing was mitigated, at least to some degree, by the acceptance of Mueller to take over the investigation.

In a tweet on Monday, former House speaker Newt Gingrich wrote, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. He said Trump had called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Rosenstein is appearing before the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice's budget because Attorney General Jeff Sessions cancelled his scheduled appearance after agreeing to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.

Trump has disputed Comey's account of the conversation about Flynn as inaccurate, although his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a frequent defender of his father's White House performance, seemed to confirm the gist of it.

As Mr Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Speculation is swirling about whether President Donald Trump will remove special counsel Robert Mueller from his post.

Other Trump supporters homed in on the sequence of Mueller's job interviews.

President Trump is so out of touch with reality that he thinks he can threaten special counsel Robert Mueller into clearing him on the Russian Federation scandal.

The afternoon p.m. hearing will be the first time that Sessions is questioned by lawmakers since January when he testified during his confirmation hearing that he did not communicate with any Russian officials during the presidential campaign, when Sessions acted as an adviser to Trump.

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