“At the end of the day it’s ill-advised even if the president could [fire Mueller]. One of them worked for the Clinton Foundation”, Gingrich said on CBS, adding that it is a “mistake to think this is going to be some neutral investigation”.
Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (left) testifies as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listens at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 7. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.
“Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause”, Rosenstein said.
“No, I have not”, he said.
He did not explicitly endorse Sessions’ appearance, saying in response to a question, “We’re aware of it, and we’ll go from there”. “The fallout from the firing of Mueller would likely be as explosive as (Richard Nixon’s) firing of special counsel Archibald Cox in 1973”.
On the other hand, it would cause a political storm, said the writer.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was “inevitably going to recuse” for reasons he said he could not elaborate on.
There was grumbling among some members of Congress. Rep. Kevin Cramer said he believed Mueller’s investigation should be dissolved because there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump administration and Russian Federation.
Congressional Republicans are standing behind special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, amid rumors that President Trump is considering firing him. And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller. The claim, notably, did not not come from the White House but Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax media and a longtime friend of Trump.
Finally, it’s possible Rosenstein and Trump could work out a deal in which Rosenstein would not fire Mueller but limit his power and the scope of his investigation.
Newt Gingrich said Robert Mueller ‘apparently couldn’t find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that’s a rigged game’.
Rosenstein said “I think the answer is no” but said it would depend on the circumstances. Look who he is hiring.check [Federal Election Commission] reports.
But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he’d changed his mind.
“But what we do know, if indeed the president does fire Mueller, it shows he’s impeding the process yet again”.
A person close to Trump’s legal team also said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller. “It would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become a prosecutor of a person he may be investigating”.
Asked about it on ABC this weekend, Jay Sekulow said that if there were a serious basis for it, the president would be allowed: “Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes”. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. “And I’m not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do”.
A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.
DAVID MUIR: And while Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying on Capitol Hill, President Trump was on a road trip to talk about jobs in this country, but following him to Wisconsin, this question tonight: Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation?