Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

16 June, 2017, 06:28 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.

Rosenstein was asked by Sen.

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted.

Graham then asked whether someone representing Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation would disqualify that person.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Graham disagreed with part of Rosenstein's conclusion.

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

A member of Trump's legal team said on Wednesday that reports of the expanding investigation were "outrageous". Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

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During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation. He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it".

The committee leaders said in a statement that they "look forward to future engagements" with Mr Mueller.

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.

Grassley and Feinstein met late Tuesday to discuss the Russian Federation matter following testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Politico news reported.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel; I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy told NewsHour's Judy Woodruff.

It was not clear whether Mr Ruddy, who speaks to the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with him or entirely on Mr Sekulow's comments.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

The White House has been inconsistent with its public messaging about the dismissal - initially saying Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey's management of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but then the president himself said he had made up his mind prior to receiving the recommendations from the two top lawyers at the Department of Justice.

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