Deputy AG Rosenstein: Special counsel will have ‘full independence’ for Russia probe

Deputy AG Rosenstein: Special counsel will have ‘full independence’ for Russia probe

His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador. He expressed concern that the public is losing trust in institutions put in place to handle the investigation. I do have questions for the attorney general.

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

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller “a rumor”.

Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. “I don’t think the Chairman will invite the President, a man he campaigned for, because the role of the House Judiciary Committee right now is to protect the President at all costs; shielding the President from tough questions”, he said.

A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview last night that the USA president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rosenstein said that having given political donations is not a disqualifier. “With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment”. “I think it is”, Ruddy said.

“Senators, I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders”, Rosenstein said.

News outlets have been speculating that Mueller would be fired after NewsMax Media CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS during an interview Monday that President Donald Trump was “considering” firing the special counsel.

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for “good cause”.

Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that “third-rate burglary”, a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?

Under questioning from Sen. Asked in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing if there was any cause to fire Mueller, Rosenstein flatly replied: “No”.

But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller’s impartiality – the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director’s job before he was named special counsel. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.

“I won’t mince words, ” Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday. The attorney general, Elliot Richardson, resigned rather than doing so, putting the onus on deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus, who also chose to resign.

“I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that’s what he would want to have happen”, Ryan told conservative commentator Guy Benson.