Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate and potentially bring criminal charges in connection to Russian interference in the presidential election, could join those ranks, if Trump were to decide he's exhausted of the investigative "cloud" hanging over his administration.
Rosenstein said he is leaving to Mueller decisions about what the investigation covers.
Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]". "I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here", Senator Dianne Feinstein said. "I think he's weighing that option".
Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.
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Footage shows the acrobat hooking her feet over the circle before hanging upside down with her arms stretched toward the water. She signaled multiple times during the stunt to her husband to bring the aircraft higher, he said after the performance.
Mueller, who was appointed by the Justice Department in May to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey, has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.
Rosenstein told lawmakers during a Justice Department budget hearing on Tuesday that he hasn't seen a "good cause" for firing Mueller. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. And because Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recused from the Russian Federation case, he can't fire Mueller any more than the president can.
Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.
The best thing Trump can do is let the investigation proceed, cooperate with it, be honest, and let the results come out, favorable or unfavorable.
U.S. president not under investigation for obstruction: His attorney
President Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly state that Trump wasn't under investigation . Trump may have had in the White House. "You just said, sir, you just said that he's being investigated ", Wallace said.
The White House denied that Trump ever discussed the matter with Ruddy.
"If the White House truly has nothing to hide, they ought to encourage special counsel Mueller to investigate". "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer also told NPR. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox.
A source close to the President said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.
On Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's spokesman, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his 1.7 million followers.
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Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard . "It's still golf, you've got to make some putts", said J.B. With a record number of scores under par in Round 1, it's no surprise the course was set up tougher for Round 2.
They wrote it to deal with these sort of situations, and I am confident that he will have sufficient independence, and it's certainly theoretically possible that the attorney general could him, but that's the only person who has authority to fire him.
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