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Rod Rosenstein: There's No Reason To Fire Special Counsel Mueller

15 June 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the White House has said of the former FBI director who was hired by the Department of Justice last month to lead an independent investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election.

The nation's top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe, according to officials.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mr. Corallo said.

Associates of Comey revealed an unclassified memo in which the former FBI director describes a conversation with Trump, with the president asking him to end an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", added Grassley.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said any move to oust Mueller would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.

After the meeting with Mueller, Warner was asked by CNN's Manu Raju whether the committee is looking into obstruction of justice or if that was part of the special counsel investigation.

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Trump's legal team quickly denounced the report on Wednesday.

The White House downplayed Ruddy's comments.

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Mr Trump fired Mr Mueller they would try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.

Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.

If Mueller did find evidence that Trump obstructed justice, the Department of Justice would likely not indict a sitting president. "Under the regulation, special counsel Mueller may be fired for only good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing". Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.

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Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

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

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was on the Hill Monday for a similar closed-door briefing with Senate Russia investigators on whether he was pressured by Trump.

President Donald Trump speaks to Associated Press Chief White House Correspondent Julie Pace in the Oval Office in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Recent reports have found Mueller is hiring investigators familiar with prosecuting corruption cases.

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