AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller


The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

The expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation would represent the clearest legal threat to date for Trump, who has long maintained that he is not personally under investigation - and who reportedly pressured former FBI Director James Comey to say so publicly.

"I don't think it's necessary for us to meet (again)", Burr said. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.

Gingrich struck a different chord in an interview with CBS' "This Morning" on Tuesday, flatly denying that Trump is considering firing Mueller.

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

Rosenstein's comments come just a few hours after one of Trump's longtime friends told "PBS NewsHour" the president was thinking about firing Mueller.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said.

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The three were not involved in the Trump campaign but may be asked whether Mr Trump sought their help to end the Flynn inquiry. Mueller could interview Coats, Rogers, and ormer NSA deputy Richard Ledgett , who retired in April, as early as next week.

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Mary Ruediger, 45, was visiting her parents who live along an access road to the golf course and spotted the blimp going down. The Sheriff's Office said it is assisting the FAA and National Transportation Safety Bureau with the investigation.

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In a pair of earlier tweets, Trump called the investigation "phony" and the "greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". The probe into Trump was sparked in part by the sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey .

However, the Wall St Journal quoted a source as saying that Mr Mueller would examine whether Mr Comey's sacking was an attempt by the president to alter the course of the investigation.

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that "Chris speaks for himself", while Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, took to Twitter for his response. "And I think it would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating".

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.