Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

Comey said he and other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials expected Sessions to recuse himself before it was publicly announced, but would not discuss why they came to that conclusion.

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt".

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House Monday, told PBS' Judy Woodruff that "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

"The president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week", adding, "I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do".

Ruddy did not state nor imply he discussed the matter with the president.

A source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

The topic of both hearings is the Justice Department's budget.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.

Ruddy's comments came on the heels of the president's own attorney, Jay Sekulow, who made similar comments, claiming the president was still weighing the option of terminating Mueller. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

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