Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein during an open Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing what he would do if Trump asked him to fire Mueller.
Under questioning from Van Hollen, Rosenstein also testified that removing the special counsel in order to prevent the investigation-as Trump himself implied he did in the firing of Comey-would also not constitute good cause.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein at a budget hearing Tuesday what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the USA elections and possible Russian ties to Trump’s campaign.
Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so.
But Neal Katyal, a partner at the firm Hogan Lovells and former Acting Solicitor General who wrote the special counsel regulations nearly two decades ago, says that ultimately, Trump has the constitutional authority to fire who he wants, and the power to repeal the regulations. And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) asked Rosenstein about these reports before reading several regulations for when a special prosecutor can be removed from their position.
Rosenstein continued to defend the investigation and the Department of Justice’s oversight, saying “I can assure you we’re going to do the right thing and defend the integrity of the investigation”.
“I think he’s weighing that option”, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, told PBS’ “NewsHour” on Monday. Over the weekend, a Trump lawyer publicly refused to rule out that possibility, stressing that the president has the necessary authority.
“There’s no question in my mind that the Ethics in Government Act made it far more hard to fire special prosecutors”, said Dershowitz, who is writing his own article on the subject.
They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump’s ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.
“He called me because I’ve been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats – his first four attorneys are all Democrats”.
In his first public appearance as a newly minted member of Trump’s personal legal team, Sekulow declined to rule out the possibility of Trump firing Robert Mueller, who was appointed special counsel to investigate links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
“All I’ve heard so much are rumors, but I think in the best case for the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on thoroughly and independently”.
Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.
Trump hailed his plan for the “single biggest tax cut in American history”, even though he has not presented one to Congress, and claimed “no one would have believed” his election could have created so many new jobs over the past seven months (1.1 million), even though more jobs (1.3 million) were created in the previous seven months. But his refusal to answer a question about who directed him to write the infamous memo suggests he might also be a witness to a crime being investigated by the special counsel. A highly regarded Justice Department careerist, he tapped Mueller – infuriating Trump – after the White House tried to pin the Comey firing on him.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, “Chris speaks for himself”.