Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 17:23
The Times reports that Trump was talked out of firing Mueller by his staff, but this isn't the last that we are probably going to hear about the President trying to fire someone who is investigating him because that is what guilty people do.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".
"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added. "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe they are lawful" and that "it wouldn't matter what anybody said".
"You're creating a debate that's not happening", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday morning, responding to a reporter's question about the rumor. Trump could order Rod Rosenstein, the acting attorney general, to do it. Rosenstein could refuse to and resign, in which case Trump would go down the chain of command at the Department of Justice until he found an official willing to do so. "No, senator, it is not a disqualification", Rosenstein said.
Asked by Republican Sen. "I think there's a conflict there". He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, and he thought Mueller "ought to review that".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his deputy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director they helped fire all appeared in dramatic congressional hearings this past week to talk about President Donald Trump.
Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
People close to Mr. Trump say he is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind about Mr. Mueller if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. Rosenstein had gone before the Committee's Senate counterpart earlier in the day. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the USA elections.
"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being not able to deliver us the truth about an issue we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.
"I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]". "Trump is definitely considering it ... it's not something that's being dismissed", Ruddy said.
Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.
His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
SESSIONS: I have no idea. "The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information".
Yet during the hearing, Sen.