Deputy AG: No Reason to Fire Mueller

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Ruddy said that, from what he can tell, firing Mueller is "a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel". But he said essentially that he was flustered by a question from Sen.

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has confidence in the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in USA elections. But now he's laying out an argument that the special counsel is different from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

Some have alleged that Mueller can not be a fair special counsel because of his relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump last month.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

So nobody else in the department would have authority to do that, and you have my assurance that we're going to faithfully follow that regulation, and Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately.

Solicitor General Robert H. Bork became acting attorney general and carried out Nixon's order to fire Cox.

In a Tuesday Senate hearing, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who could be called on to perform the firing, did not promise not to.

He said he will fire Mueller only if there was a "good cause" for it, "it wouldn't matter to me what anybody said". A senior White House official confirmed that the President had interviewed Mr Mueller for the FBI post in the Oval Office the day before Mr Rosenstein tapped him to be the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

Ruddy was reported to have been at the White House Monday, but in a statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "Mr".

[B] ehind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump's interactions.

"I said that the President was indeed considering that".

Still, top Democrats on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee fumed that Sessions had abruptly canceled his appearance there, with Sen.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday he had confidence in Mueller, and dismissed reports that Trump might fire Mueller as "rumors".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is a "rigged game" because most of Mueller's lawyers have donated to Democrats. "Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes", said Sekulow.

Democrats, incluidng ranking member of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, also weighed in on the reports.

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.