Under Justice Department rules, Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mueller. He interviewed the day before a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, also questioned the appropriateness of Mueller's advance review of the prepared testimony that former FBI Director James B. Comey delivered last week to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"I never claimed that I had spoken with the president", Ruddy said. We don't know if it's going to happen or if it won't happen. Sessions has recused himself from the Russian probe, a move that gave Rosenstein the authority to appoint a special counsel. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and continue down the line until a DOJ official acquiesced. "I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said.
As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.
Rosenstein responded, "Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those orders are lawful and appropriate orders".
High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the United States election and possible collusion with Mr Trump's campaign. Katyal wrote that while Mueller's investigative authority looked fairly broad as it was outlined by the Justice Department last month, he did not have the "sweeping powers" afforded to someone now in government who had been confirmed by the Senate.
Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.
Finally, it's possible Rosenstein and Trump could work out a deal in which Rosenstein would not fire Mueller but limit his power and the scope of his investigation.
"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel. "I think it is", Ruddy said. Look who he is hiring.check [Federal Election Commission] reports.
Less than a month ago, he called Mueller a "superb choice", someone whose "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity". Though Ruddy was at the White House earlier in the day, those aides said he did not meet with Trump, but White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former conservative media leader himself.
Congressional Republicans stood behind Mueller on Tuesday and said he should be given the freedom to conduct his investigation. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.
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