Rosenstein says he's seen no good cause to fire Mueller

Aaron Brown
June 19, 2017

"If you want to see the President on a fast track to impeachment, then he should take this advice and fire Mueller", said Illinois Representative Luis Gutiérrez in a speech on the House floor Tuesday.

Shaheen: "At this point, have you seen any evidence of good cause for the firing of special counsel (Robert) Mueller?". So that is what I would do.

"Subject to the possibility of being fired for 'good cause, ' Mueller should be allowed to do his work unhindered and unimpeded", Starr writes.

"I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Among the aides most alarmed by the idea of firing Mr. Mueller, according to people familiar with the situation, was Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, whom Democrats mocked this week for publicly saying he feels "blessed" to serve Mr. Trump.

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, Rosenstein is the acting attorney general overseeing Mueller's probe.

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Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.

"It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement", Rosenstein wrote.

Those calls have escalated since 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.

Hannity's comments come as The Washington Post reported on Wednesday Mueller, who was tapped to lead the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling, is investigating whether the president obstructed justice.

In his special counsel role, Mueller has assumed all the powers of a federal prosecutor - including subpoena authority. Whether or not public confidence would be restored would depend on the reactions of DOJ officials and Republicans in Congress, whose moves can not necessarily be anticipated.

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