Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

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"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", the statement continues. He ends the short statement by pointing out that the Department of Justice has a policy of neither confirming or denying "any such allegations".

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens at left as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill. The special prosecutor Rosenstein hired, former FBI Director Mueller, is now under fire for bringing in staff investigators who donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein said.

The Associated Press and other news organizations have also reported that Kushner in December proposed a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

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In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. On March 1, The Washington Post reported that he met twice with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

The probe, which began past year as an investigation into Moscow's meddling in the presidential election, has since widened to include prospective money laundering by Trump associates and the possibility that people close to the President were in contact with Russian operatives throughout the campaign.

The President has taken to Twitter to vent his frustration over anonymous sources in the past.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to lead the high-profile investigation of Russian meddling in the election aimed at helping Trump win, told a Senate panel he would not comply with any Trump order to fire Mueller absent a compelling reason.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

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