White House Says Trump Won't Fire Special Counsel Leading Russia Probe

Lindsey Graham, Rosenstein said that having given political donations is not a disqualifier. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too - a series of events that would recall the "Saturday Night Massacre" during Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon sought to dismiss a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation", Rosenstein said. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing. I never said that the President told me. "No, senator, it is not a disqualification", Rosenstein said.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the subcommittee's top Democrat, said she also was "troubled" by Sessions' cancellation. He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", which he said he would have to put in writing.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". In his testimony, Rosenstein made it clear that he would not follow a presidential order to fire Mueller unless he thought there was a good cause.

Rosenstein assured Feinstein the firing of Mueller would not occur without his assent. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy told PBS that Trump was considering getting rid of Mueller, and other Trump confidants ― most prominently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ― have been airing criticisms of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and questioning his objectivity.

Mueller was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013.

White House correspondent April Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, went on CNN on Monday night and told host Erin Burnett that there is "mass hysteria" in the White House over the possibility of firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Rosenstein replied "We're not briefing the Oval Office, so I don't know how they would get there".

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Trump supporters such as Newt Gingrich and others have seemed to be greasing the wheel for the eventual ouster of Mueller.

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Session will also testify before the House later Tuesday, scheduled to discuss the department budget.

"You can raise those concerns" to both Mueller and the DOJ, Rosenstein told Graham.

The suggestion that the scope of Mueller's investigation may extend beyond the Trump campaign's activity to the recent firing of the FBI Director would indicate that the special counsel could be looking into a possible cover-up. 'I think he's weighing that option.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.

President Trump is known to value the element of surprise.

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