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17 June 2017, 11:17 | Katrina Lee
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday he's seen no basis for firing Robert Mueller, the former FBI director he appointed as special counsel to oversee an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
PBS' Judy Woodruff reported Monday that Trump friend Chris Ruddy told her after visiting the White House that Trump is "considering perhaps terminating" Mueller - a decision that would set off a massive political backlash. "Newt, whatever you think you're getting in return for obsequiously sliming an American hero, I guarantee you it's not worth it. Stop". Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, the responsibility would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who Trump could order to fire Mueller.
Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation. "Look who he is hiring", tweeted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.
If you thought that the James Comey firing or the preceding efforts by President Trump to encourage Comey to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn were considered obstruction of justice, then you will certainly think that this tidbit of gossip would be considered obstruction as well.
Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller. Why do we need a special counsel now?"
Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller. "While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday after a day of speculation over Mr. Mueller's fate.
The reports that Trump was considering ousting Mueller appeared to lead to officials leaking to the Post that the Mueller investigation included probing possible obstruction of justice, a move that would make it more hard for Trump to remove Mueller without increased backlash. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.
There's had been little indication from Republicans that they would take Mueller's dismissal so seriously ― until today.
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