Deputy AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

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"I never said I spoke to the President", he added.

According to Politico, Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein says he would ignore calls to fire Mueller unless he considered them "lawful and appropriate".

Feinstein also asked if Rosenstein had an estimate for how long the investigation will take. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, whether a history of political donations would prohibit someone from being involved in the investigation.

Ruddy said the president was weighing whether to dismiss Mueller because of concerns about conflicts of interest.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would likely refuse to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if President Donald Trump insisted on it, veteran conservative pundit Patrick J. Buchanan told Newsmax TV on Tuesday. Rosenstein said he hadn't. Considering that Rosenstein appointed Mueller, and without that "good cause", it seems likely that Rosenstein would resign. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said".

Weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

Under questioning from Sen.

"We now know there is no collusion with this administration and Russian Federation, so we can drop the independent counsel, special counsel, there is no further need", Gohmert said.

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

Mueller has been silent since he was named to head the Russian Federation investigation on May 17, a week after Trump fired FBI chief James Comey expressing frustration over the probe.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the subcommittee's top Democrat, said she also was "troubled" by Sessions' cancellation.

"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

Should Trump want to go around the department, the president would need to repeal the regulations enacted in 1999 that protect the special counsel from being summarily fired. "So I would consider it and if there was good cause I would do it and if there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter what anybody said". "He had a private conversation with the President on his views about all sorts of matters, potentially about the investigation, I don't know". I knew him before that, and I have confidence in Mr. Mueller, ' the attorney general said.

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

In the months since, Leahy and Sen. "You are not the witness we were supposed to hear from today".

"If President [Trump] fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", he wrote on Twitter.

Congressional Republicans are signaling little appetite for getting rid of Mueller, who previously served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWebb: The shiny object Schumer to GOP: Defend Mueller Poll: Trump disapproval hits record 60 percent MORE. John CornynJohn CornynGOP leaders are unified: Firing Mueller a bad idea Trump calls House healthcare bill "mean" Schumer to GOP: Defend Mueller MORE (Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said Tuesday when asked about firing Mueller.