No reason to fire special counsel: US Justice Dept

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

Mueller is the special counsel within the FBI who's been brought in to head the investigation into Trump and the Russian connection.

After speaking with President Donald Trump about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said special prosecutor Robert Mueller can't be trusted and Congress "should now intervene and ... abolish the independent counsel". He further assured senators Mueller has been given complete independence to carry out the task.

President Donald Trump has no intention to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's USA election, the White House said Tuesday.

As Mr Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Rosenstein's testimony comes amid public statements from Trump confidants that the American president is mulling removing Mueller from the investigation.

The startling assertion comes as some of Mr. Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mr. Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.

The special counsel can only be fired for "good cause", and Rosenstein himself would have to put that justification in writing, he said. Mueller is a former FBI Director who unlike Trump understands how Washington, D.C works.

"I think the best advice is to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan told reporters Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with House Republicans.

Ryan noted if Trump made a decision to fire Mueller, it would be a "big problem for him politically".

Trump's rationale was obviously a pretext from the get-go, as he had spoken out in support of Comey's tough treatment of Clinton during the campaign.

On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans expressed concern about Mueller's fate and advised the president that he would be making a big mistake by firing him.

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Asked if he had confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Mr Sessions replied: "I have confidence in Mr Mueller but I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals", noting that he was not involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday morning. "If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday during a ceremony honoring the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Clemson University Tigers. In 1973, Nixon turned to the third-ranking Justice official, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who fired Cox in his capacity as acting attorney general.

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Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week", Sekulow said that while the idea has not been brought up in the White House, Trump had not ruled out firing Mueller.

"I think he's weighing that option", Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a close Trump friend, told PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff on Monday.

Mr Mueller is in the earliest stages of his investigation and still building up his team that will lead the probe.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.

According to the report, Trump has told staff, visitors and advisers over the last week that he thought Mueller was part of a "witch hunt" against him.

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