Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 21:00
Rosenstein is scheduled to testify today before both Senate and House subcommittees regarding the Justice Department's budget, and he is likely to be questioned about Mueller's status.
Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the President Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though President Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is assuring senators Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Justice Department's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's election, will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".
He compared the possibility to Trump's abrupt termination of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.
Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team's words, but he did call Spicer's statement "bizarre".
"I have to think this is just the President venting, but then again I remember talking about whether I thought there was any chance that the President would fire Comey, and that didn't seem possible either", Schiff said. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.
He specifically pointed to Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, who recently said that the president would not rule out the option of firing Robert Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years.
"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.
Ruddy originally shared his belief with PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour" Monday after visiting the White House earlier. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Conway noted Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.