Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Mr Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by the President's fellow Republicans.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said. He said the president could ask his attorney general or, because Jeff Sessions has recused himself, ask his deputy attorney general, a civil servant, Rod Rosenstein, to do it.

Mr. Rosenstein, you'll recall, penned a memo critical of Mr. Comey that the White House initially cited as the grounds for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

If Trump is wise, he'll leave Mueller in place and let this investigation run its course.

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".

COLLINS: Has the president ever discussed with you the appointment of the special counsel or discussed the special counsel in any way? But Trump has never shied away from controversy, and given the GOP-controlled Congress's unwillingness to buck Trump on, well, anything, it's perfectly plausible that he could fire Mueller and suffer no consequences for doing so.

Can the President indeed fire the special counsel?

Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner told reporters that Mr Mueller had briefed senators Wednesday on his work.

The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation".

Mr Trump claimed he had been personally vindicated by Mr Comey's testimony last week confirming that he was not under investigation himself for links to Russian Federation.

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Another talk-radio Trump booster, Laura Ingraham, who was rumoured to have been considered for a White House position, directed her followers to a story in a conservative newspaper that suggests Mueller might be tainted.

In other words, the firing could not simply happen for any (or no) reason, as was the case for Comey.

Mr Comey at least has the advantage of having documented their meetings soon after they had finished.

His comments appeared to take the White House by surprise. Ruddy told PBS that he thinks it would be "a very significant mistake" for Trump to seek Mueller's termination. "The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year", he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "That was the beginning of the end of Mr. Nixon", said law Prof.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.

Mueller was appointed FBI Director by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2013, when Comey took over as head.

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

Later, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked Rosenstein point blank: "If President Trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do?"

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters overseas Air Force One flying back from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

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