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Rod Rosenstein Says There's No Reason to Fire Mueller

15 June 2017

President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey is now a subject of the federal probe being headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, which has expanded to include whether the president obstructed justice, a person familiar with the matter said.

Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers.

Kasowitz's spokesman, seizing on the most important aspect of this development, told the Post that it was "outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal" that anyone was leaking "information regarding the president".

If the report is accurate, this would be the first time the president is under direct investigation.

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It quoted five people briefed on the requests and said those who have agreed to be interviewed are Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto". Though the DNI did not deny those reports, he told the panel he never felt pressured to intervene in the investigation.

Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates.

The NSA said in a statement that it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to comment further. But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said.

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Rosenstein told lawmakers during a Justice Department budget hearing on Tuesday that he hasn't seen a "good cause" for firing Mueller. But he says the president "believes that the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with" the better.

"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice".

In an interview Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", Ivanka Trump says political life still surprises her and that "there is a level of viciousness I was not expecting".

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.

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