President Trump not firing special counselor Robert Mueller, White House says

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday. And Rosenstein said Mueller could not be fired without his personal assent.

"I can't imagine that they're going to be insane enough to go through with this threat", he said, according to NBC News. Trump can rescind the regulation that establishes the burden of "good cause" for such a firing, or he could simply fire Rosenstein and install someone more to his liking. In order to dismiss Mueller, the President would have to get consent from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Under questioning from Sen.

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted.

DAVID MUIR: And while Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying on Capitol Hill, President Trump was on a road trip to talk about jobs in this country, but following him to Wisconsin, this question tonight: Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation?

Ruddy, who did not claim to have spoken to the president about the matter, appeared to confirm comments made by Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.

"This is an illegitimate special counsel", Ruddy said.

Speaking at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing today (June 13), Rosenstein confirmed Trump could not legally outright fire Mueller himself, and assured senators that the Justice Department has given Mueller the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

The White House on Monday night said that Ruddy did not speak for Trump but did not deny that Trump was weighing whether to let Mueller go. "These investigations are important", Ryan said. And I believe we can rely on Director Mueller to do that.

Yet during the hearing, Sen.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table".

Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts.

CNN has reported at the time that the White House was given only a brief heads up that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was naming Mueller to oversee Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion from Trump's campaign associates.

However, White House sources told The Times that Trump is hard to predict, and they can not be sure he won't fire Mueller.

But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel. "I speak my own mind", he told Van Susteren. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., suggesting that the attorney general was "cowering" in the face of tough questioning. Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

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