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Deputy AG: No Reason to Fire Mueller

19 June 2017

"I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said.

Surely the president knows that firing the special counsel without an absolutely valid, ironclad reason would blow up in his face.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, on Tuesday said: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause".

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said. "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake even though I don't think there is a justification (for a special counsel)".

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Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so".

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", deputy White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Trump meant to fire Mueller.

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"If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.

You may recall that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigative matters related to Russian Federation, and that it fell to the next-in-command, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to make the call to appoint Mueller.

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Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.

"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said of Mueller on the June 13 "CBS This Morning" broadcast. With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment'.

"If the White House truly has nothing to hide, they ought to encourage special counsel Mueller to investigate".

Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be involved in the firing of James Comey as FBI director given Sessions' recusal from any investigation into Trump's campaign. "In recent days, the president has told his staff, his visitors, and his outside advisers that he was increasingly convinced Mueller, like Comey, his successor as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was part of a "witch hunt" by partisans who wanted to see him weakened or forced from office", the daily said. Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.

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