AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller. "I think he's weighing that option". He's also looking for evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, WaPo reports, citing anonymous officials.

In October 1973, the Justice Department's special prosecutor investigating the Watergate break-in, Archibald Cox, took his quest for information from the Nixon White House to court. The National Law Journal reported on June 9 that Mueller has brought Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben onto the team on a part-time basis.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

According to the paper, Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination with Russian Federation, and has assailed the probe as a "witch hunt".

Trump does have the authority to remove the special counsel.

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

The White House, for what it's worth, is trying to tamp down the story - but it's not ruling out the possibility either. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. After Comey's much-watched Senate testimony, the president said in a press conference that he would testify under oath regarding his interactions and conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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Joe Barton said in a statement. "When America gets punched, America punches back and we'll do that tonight". ABC13's Ted Oberg is in Washington, D.C. and will file reports tonight, starting at 4 p.m.

Supporters of Trump condemned the news leaks regarding the new investigation.

The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there were discussions at high levels about firing FBI Director James Comey even before Sessions was confirmed. Let's also recall that despite the media's tunnel vision on Trump, the wider Russian Federation investigation is examining a much wider array of issues and questions pertaining to our geopolitical adversary's malicious meddling efforts in the 2016 election.

"There is no secret plan that involves me", Rosenstein said.

Ruddy wrote in his text that Spicer didn't deny his claim that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

"I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that's what he would want to have happen", Ryan told conservative commentator Guy Benson.

Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. When I mentioned Obama "denials" about the wiretaps, he shot back: 'This will be investigated, it will all come out. Devlin Barrett is one of The Post reporters on the story and joins us now.

The Department of Homeland Security said it is reviewing the ruling and consulting with the Department of Justice on the next steps.

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