Trump longtime pal says he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 8:50
Later Tuesday, Rosenstein told a Senate panel that he would not follow an edict from Trump to fire Mueller unless he believed the order was "lawful and appropriate".
"No, I have not", he said.
Mueller is in charge of investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump´s campaign.
Under questioning from Sen.
"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said. "No, senator, it is not a disqualification", Rosenstein said.
The act was widely criticized after Kenneth Starr's lengthy investigation into Clinton, and in 1999, Congress allowed the independent counsel provisions of the law to lapse.
It was Mr Rosenstein who appointed Mr Mueller to the job in the first place, since he took carriage of the Russia investigation from the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself because of his own contacts with Russian officials in the lead-up to last year's USA election. Should Rosenstein refuse, Trump could ask him to resign or fire him and direct his successor to fire Mueller. So it's hard for me to even respond in a serious way.
Mr Trump claimed he had been personally vindicated by Mr Comey's testimony last week confirming that he was not under investigation himself for links to Russian Federation.
He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, weighing in Tuesday morning, advised the White House and Trump to let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication. Ruddy's remarks came on the heels of Trump loyalists growing louder with their calls that Mueller should be removed from heading up the Russian Federation probe.
Donald Trump is in way over his head, and his presidency looks like it is living on borrowed time.
Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesman for Trump.
"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats - his first four attorneys are all Democrats". "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Mueller was recently appointed to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election. He added, "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly".
Rosenstein was testifying in place of Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.