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Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House

Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Mr Trump fired Mr Mueller they would try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Comey, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".

While he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions said, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations".

But hours later, former House Speaker and Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich again bounced up what appeared to be a trial balloon, saying those who believe that the investigation is going to be "neutral" and "professional" are "delusional", and calling special counsels "very unsafe". "You have my assurance that we are faithfully going to follow that regulation, and Director Mueller is going to have the independence he needs". But after the testimony of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to a Senate committee last week, Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday morning.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour". After all, the current version of Special Counsel was created under the Clinton administration, with the rules drafted by Janet Reno's Justice Department to put distance between the White House and Justice.

On Tuesday, Rosenstein also indicated his conversations with Sessions prior to Comey's dismissal could be a part of Mueller's probe.

"I appointed him and I believe it was the right decision and I'm going to stand by that", Rosenstein said. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is the latest step in multiple ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The White House has moved to put a lid on speculation that President Donald Trump might fire the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation affair, while leaving just enough of a crack to keep the idea bubbling.

White House spokesperson Sean Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesperson for Trump and he had not met the President during his visit to the White House on Monday.

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president", he said.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.

Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (left) testifies as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listens at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 7.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

Yet during the hearing, Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "extraordinarily unwise".


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