White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivers remarks during an event marking National Missing Children's Day at the Justice Department May 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Cali.) posted on Twitter regarding the claim, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

A source close to the President said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.

Another theory is that Ruddy was trying to warn Trump about the disastrous blowback that would follow if he canned Mueller and knew that he'd pay attention if that warning came via TV.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led one line of attack with a tweet that said "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour. Coulter suggested that because Comey had testified that Trump hadn't been personally under investigation while he was FBI director, the objective of Mueller's commission "is now over". Look who he is hiring.check fec reports.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday any talk about Trump wanting to rid himself of the special investigator amounts to "rumor".

He also declared it a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Mr Trump to the White House. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

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