Gingrich: Mueller has hired 'bad people'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 4:11
Amid reports that President Trump is considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday that he - and not the president - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so.
In appointing Mueller last month, Rosenstein said that the "public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".
"And so that's what I would do", Rosenstein said.
The startling assertion comes as some of Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.
Rosenstein said that, thus far, he has seen no evidence of good cause for Mueller's termination. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.
"It horrifies liberals. I think he'll be there for eight years".
He added, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
Matt Lewis, a CNN political commentator, said Trump has a pattern of surprise moves, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure. Last month, Trump suggested in a tweet that there may be "tapes" of his private conversations with James Comey, who testified last week that while serving as FBI director he felt pressure from Trump to pull back on the Russian Federation investigation.
"He couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, I think that's a mistake to pretend that this is some neutral investigation". Trump supporter Newt Gingrich tweeted that it was time to "rethink" Mueller.
Firing Mueller would be a politically explosive move that would raise new questions about Trump, whose abrupt dismissal of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said". "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".
"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said.
"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats - his first four attorneys are all Democrats. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.
Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause".