Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

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Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller".

On Monday, a Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, suggested that the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

NPR reported last week that Mueller had been on the White House shortlist to succeed Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director before the Justice Department named him as special counsel.

Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so.

CNN (which, along with pretty much every mainstream media outlet, has been chasing the story down since Ruddy's comments) reported Tuesday that Trump is "being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel".

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) excoriated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Tuesday morning for, well, not being Jeff Sessions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday any talk about Trump wanting to rid himself of the special investigator amounts to "rumor". "I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said.

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Rosenstein said that if he fired Mueller, he would be required to explain it in writing. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr".

Rosenstein was likely referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing might have been an effort to obstruct justice. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table". Ruddy says he does not believe Trump will follow through on his consideration to remove Mueller. Trump could alternatively direct the Justice Department to repeal the regulation, potentially allowing the president to directly fire a special counsel.

In addition, lawmakers wanted Rosenstein to spell out the scope of Sessions' other recusal, specifically with regards to the Russia investigation, which Sessions announced after reports emerged that he had not fully disclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. But both appearances, however, are being overshadowed by Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

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