Who could fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Robyn Ryan
June 16, 2017

Comey told Congress last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

"(Attorney General) Jeff Sessions is recused here, so it would be up to (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein, who was the person who just appointed Bob Mueller a couple of weeks ago".

Donald Trump told his staff, visitors and advisers he was convinced Robert Mueller was a part of "witch hunt" against him and contemplated on firing the special counsel, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The reason he gave is that it could be "within the scope of Director Mueller's investigation" and that "we don't want people talking publicly about open investigations", he said. He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it".

"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

Mueller has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Rob Rosenstein's appointment of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Under questioning from Sen.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."

Rosenstein: No, Senator, it is not a disqualification. But, what it does is take this special counsel investigation all the way into the Oval Office - a place where it hasn't gone before. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, the reported quoted officials, as saying.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly. "Nice", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Consider that paragraph. And consider we are less than 150 days into Trump's presidency and this - an investigation by a special counsel who also happens to be the former FBI director - is where he finds himself.

"Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation".

The panel announced Thursday that Johnson will testify June 21. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said.

"The attorney general is the one who has to fire him", said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on "Anderson Cooper 360". Comey replied: "I'm confident".

Ryan's comments come after Chris Ruddy, a close friend of the president, said Trump is "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel" who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 election.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

Trump said in mid-May the special counsel's probe would show there was "no collusion" between his campaign and a foreign power. But both appearances, however, are being overshadowed by Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing. "That witness is the attorney general of the United States".

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