Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich fanned the flames of the Mueller termination rumor in an interview Tuesday morning on CBS, saying that Trump called him Monday night and that he doesn't think the president will seek Mueller's dismissal.
Firing Mr Mueller would be politically explosive and would raise new questions about Mr Trump, whose dismissal of Mr James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief led to charges of obstruction of justice - and to Mr Mueller's appointment. Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes".
"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.
The night before Tuesday's senate intelligence committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the sudden question of whether President Donald Trump might fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller prompted alarm from Democrats and notes of caution from Republicans. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".
Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. "With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".
Sources told The Times that staff worked to talk Trump out of firing Mueller, what they viewed would have been a disastrous decision for the administration. (That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's.
Donald Trump says no one has any proof on Russia
Trump exclaimed on Twitter , referring to the investigation as a "Witch Hunt ". The US president is reportedly probed over obstruction of justice.
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Despite that, Trump is stewing over the Mueller-led investigation in the same way he did with Comey. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".
She, further, insisted that Sessions should fire Mueller, now that the President is not under investigation.
Ever since Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative news outlet Newsmax, publicly stated that President Trump is contemplating firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Washington has seemingly been spinning in overdrive.
The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing. "This process has to play out because of what he did with [fired FBI director James] Comey and also calling for the investigation to end". "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job".
CNN's April Ryan on Monday described "mass hysteria" in the White House over concerns the president is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.
"You can raise those concerns" to both Mueller and the DOJ, Rosenstein told Graham. During the Watergate investigation President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating a campaign of political spying and sabotage launched by a Nixon re-election committee. I never said that the President told me.