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Could President Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

Could President Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that a history of political giving is not a disqualifier for those who work for the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in US elections.

He said Trump hadn't asked questions about the special counsel, but unless there were "good cause" to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "it wouldn't matter what anybody said". If there were good cause, I would consider it.

Rosenstein said he would not follow any orders to dismiss Mueller unless he believes those orders are appropriate and lawful, in response to Maine Senator Susan Collins, who asked him what would he do if Trump ordered him to fire the special counsel. "I think it's a threat to the Trump presidency".

His testimony comes less than a week after Comey said during his own appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he felt Trump had violated the normal separation of criminal investigations from White House oversight by urging him to end the investigation into Russia's activities. Suffice to say that Trump would be nuts to think that these flimsy objections would provide him with cover if he made the disastrous decision to dismiss Mueller and abort the investigation. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.

Mueller was appointed on May 17 by the Justice Department as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA elections and related matters.

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US Justice Department regulations outline that a special counsel can be fired by the US attorney general "for cause".

"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

He told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that Mueller "did not hire a single Republican in the first wave" of staffing for his investigation.

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"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said.

Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.

Trump friend Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

Under Department of Justice rules, it is actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call, though the president could bypass that protocol.

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. Sessions became attorney general in February but did not recuse himself from that probe until March. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

German business confidence reaches new record high
An Ifo economist told Reuters private consumption was a key driver for the economy and there was still room for export growth. He expects second quarter growth of 0.7 percent in Germany and said the economic situation in the euro zone looks brighter.

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News linking Mueller to Comey.


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