New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking if Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.
The statement came after Sen.
He emphasized that he thinks removing Mueller would be a mistake, but he described the special counsel’s power and his appointment to the role as “illegitimate”. Rosenstein responded: “No I have not”.
Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben has also joined Mueller’s team.
Attorney general Jeff Sessions has already recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, leaving the personnel oversight to Rosenstein on this issue.
Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is widely respected on both sides of the aisle, something that’s pretty tough to do in Washington nowadays.
Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime confidant of Trump, said it was “amateur hour” at the White House and blasted press secretary Sean Spicer. “I have confidence in Bob Mueller“.
Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.
“The attorney general is the one who has to fire him”, said CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on “Anderson Cooper 360”. “I know Bob Mueller”. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
Leahy told Rosenstein “you are not the witness who should be behind this table”. He had to correct that assertion after the Washington Post revealed that Sessions twice met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate.
Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions “has provided false testimony” about those contacts.
United States President Donald Trump is reportedly considering sacking Robert Mueller – the special independent counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. election – according to a friend and close confidant to the President.
And on Monday, a close friend of Trump’s said the president is considering firing Mueller, a move that echoes Richard Nixon ordering the termination of the special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.
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. “I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go one independently and thoroughly”.
‘I mean, George, if there was a basis upon which there was a question raised that raised the kind of issues that are serious, as in the situation with James Comey, the president has the authority to take action, ‘ Sekulow continued.
“Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes”.
Rosenstein will also be on Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying in the morning before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies and in the afternoon before the same House appropriations subcommittee.