Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

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Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Rosenstein told lawmakers that he had not seen good cause to fire the special counsel.

"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".

The White House has denied those claims.

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.", he said. But Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, which means if Trump wants Mueller fired, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would have to do it. It was called the "Saturday night massacre" when on October 20, 1973 President Richard Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus after they refused to fire Archibald Cox, who had been appointed special prosecutor in the Watergate cover-up scandal. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said. Firing another investigator will force even his allies in Congress to deal with constituents who will demand to know if their president is neither.

During the hearing, ostensibly about the Justice Department's budget priorities, senators from both sides of the aisle repeatedly peppered Rosenstein with questions about whether he would agree to Mueller's firing under the current circumstances.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

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

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack praised Mueller and told reporters "there is a ripple effect" as stories continue to develop on the ongoing probe.

Nonetheless, Ruddy said firing Mueller would be "a very significant mistake". He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Collins also asked Rosenstein what he'd do if Trump told him to fire Mueller. Several of those steps would require justice department officials, including Rosenstein, to go along with the president's orders. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Ryan said Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, needs to stay focused on Russian Federation.

Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House. The Times report said that Trump considered firing Mueller, something TheDC's source confirmed.

There is no reason to fire the independent head of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, the Justice Department's number two said Tuesday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.

Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing.

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