Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearings Tuesday

Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, has gone so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller. I'll say very positive things when they're warranted.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted during a Senate hearing Tuesday that he, and not Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsWhite House: Trump "has no intention" to fire Mueller Sessions decries "detestable lie" Despite drama and innuendo, Sessions hearing goes nowhere MORE, was the one with authority to hire and fire Mueller.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

Ruddy, a close Trump ally, told PBS NewsHour on Monday that the president is weighing the option.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. The way our investigation are conducted depends upon a lot of factors, and so it's generally very hard for us to predict in advance how long the investigation's going to take.

The White House has denied those claims.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said. And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is a "rigged game" because most of Mueller's lawyers have donated to Democrats.

Conservative news outlets have been working hard to discredit Mueller in recent days, citing what Fox News' Sean Hannity called his "massive conflict of interest"-a friendship with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey".

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, Mueller has had his impartiality as special counsel questioned by some Trump supporters in recent days. Brian Schatz, describing Sessions' recusal beyond a broad statement that he would not be involved in matters arising from the 2016 election, according to reports. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter. "But what we do know, if indeed the president does fire Mueller, it shows he's impeding the process yet again". But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added.

"I regret that I do not", Rosenstein said. Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments. "Don't waste our time".

Adam Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was quick to respond to the report.

Gingrich also said Trump had phoned him Monday night, and left him with the impression that Mueller's job isn't on the line.

And deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said simply: "Chris speaks for himself".

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