Rosenstein says he's seen no good cause to fire Mueller

Rosenstein said that if he fired Mueller, he would be required to explain it in writing.

The GOP leaders said they have not voiced their position to the president on whether the Mueller should continue his work nor have they weighed whether they would re-establish the independent counsel if he is terminated.

CNN's April Ryan on Monday described "mass hysteria" in the White House over concerns the president is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.

Ryan noted if Trump made a decision to fire Mueller, it would be a "big problem for him politically".

On Tuesday morning, in response to a question from Sen.

"I think it was a good choice", McConnell, a Republican, told the Hill of the choice to appoint Mueller to oversee the FBI's growing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to some of Trump's campaign staff members. Maybe there are a couple lawyers on this panel or in the public who can help me to understand the most basic question here, which is: if the attorney general had a press conference and said, given all of these challenges, given all of this controversy, I'm out. "I stand by that appointment". That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen.

Yet during the hearing, Sen. If there were good cause, I would consider it.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. Donations are part of that system, is that true?

"And the reason for that is, that if it is within the scope of Director Mueller's investigation - and I've been a prosecutor for 27 years - we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigation", he continued. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

"I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately". In that circumstance, a replacement would be appointed by Sessions. I do have questions for the attorney general.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". But if President Trump or his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, wanted to eliminate Mueller, they could: The law that would've stopped them has expired.

ROSENSTEIN: I appreciate that honest question, senator, and I want to try to explain, and you're right. "If he were, it wouldn't be my responsibility". Sessions said the Senate intel committee was the "appropriate forum" for such questions.

Democratic lawmakers intend to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his meetings with the Russian ambassador and the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey when the former Alabama senator testifies Tuesday.

Speaking at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing today (June 13), Rosenstein confirmed Trump could not legally outright fire Mueller himself, and assured senators that the Justice Department has given Mueller the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote.

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