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

It would be hard to make the case, he said, that the experience of interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director would make it impossible for Mueller to fairly exercise the broad discretion afforded to prosecutors.

Trump told Holt that the entire investigation "should have been over with a long time ago".

"We couldn't even bring accountability to the VA", he said. "The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal", it says.

But since Jeff Sessions already recused himself, only the deputy attorney general can fire him.

The Speaker then went on to discuss the policies and issues the House is focusing on aside from the Trump investigations.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

He says he is confident that Comey understood and would abide by the Justice Departments rules on communications with the White House about ongoing investigations. "I also recognize the gravity of the committee's current investigation and the need for the American people to be presented the facts, so that they might make their own judgments".

Trump fired Comey last month.

Importantly, Grassley seemed to indicate he wouldn't be happy ceding the investigations to Burr's intelligence committee - saying it has a "pretty narrow" purview.

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said on PBS Newshour".

Firing Mueller after a month in the post would be an explosive political step and inevitably raise concerns that the president was trying to obstruct an investigation affecting the White House.

White House spokesperson Sean Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesperson for Trump and he had not met the President during his visit to the White House on Monday. But he set a high bar, committing that "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led one line of attack with a tweet that said "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Could Rosenstein's job also be in jeopardy?

"And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen. In a statement Monday evening, Spicer responded that Ruddy "never spoke to the president regarding this issue", adding that "only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment" on the matter.

Rosenstein said "I think the answer is no" but said it would depend on the circumstances. Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

On Monday night, Chris Ruddy, a friend of President Trump's, told "PBS NewsHour" host Judy Woodruff that the president was "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel" appointed to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, Robert Mueller.

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

On CSPAN: "I have some good sources in the administration".

  • Leroy Wright