Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

US Justice Department regulations outline that a special counsel can be fired by the US attorney general "for cause".

"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". White House officials and a person close to Trump's personal attorney said Trump is not planning to make any moves on Mueller. Trump conformist Newt Gingrich requested the President to rethink Mr. Mueller's position, as reported by BBC. And when asked I said that to the president.”.

Asked if Trump would pledge not to interfere with Mueller's work, a lawyer representing the President said Sunday, "I'm not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do". "I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation", said Rosenstein.

“I do recall being one of the last ones to leave, I dont know how that occurred, ” Sessions said. That doesn't completely add up either - if Trump's inner circle is nearly unanimously warning him not to fire Mueller, what good would a televised appeal from Ruddy do?

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to".

Leahy noted especially that he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony to me and to Senator Franken" - referring to the last time that Sessions appeared before a congressional committee, for his confirmation hearing as attorney general.

Mueller is overseeing the special counsel investigating the potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and whether or not Russian Federation successfully meddled in the 2016 election. “I have confidence in Mr. Mueller, ” he said.

My (educated) guess is that during his visit to the White House on Monday, Ruddy heard that Trump was considering firing Mueller.

A White House official that Ruddy was "speaking for himself and did not speak to the president".

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

So that would leave such a decision to Rosenstein, who just appointed Mueller on May 17 to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The reason why Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation was due to his conversation with Russia's ambassador to Washington during the campaign period.

Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is implying that the DOJ under Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration is pursuing a path to undermine legal state medical marijuana programs", Justin Strekal, Political Director for NORML, told MERRY JANE in a statement.

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.