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Comey Firing Could be Part of Special Counsel Investigation, Rosenstein Says

17 June 2017

He appeared to be referring to comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

He also railed against "fake news", saying it's at an "all-time high", but he wasn't explicit enough.

Ever since Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative news outlet Newsmax, publicly stated that President Trump is contemplating firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Washington has seemingly been spinning in overdrive.

Trump has the power to unilaterally remove Mueller from the job, but legal experts argue that would create a crisis in American institutions.

The White House said that Ruddy speaks only for himself and not the president. Mueller is overseeing the ongoing investigation, but he's not entirely independent, and if the president wanted to get rid of him, Trump could order the Justice Department's leadership to fire him.

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Rosenstein's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee occurred just hours before Sessions was to testify in a public hearing before another Senate panel about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of another Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey.

Rosenstein said that he had had no good cause to dismiss the special counsel. "Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation", speculated ABC Anchor David Muir during World News Tonight.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".

The president sacked Comey in early May.

CHRIS RUDDY: I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. He is scheduled to testify before two congressional hearings on Tuesday and is likely to face even more pointed questions about the Russian Federation probe and the independence of the Justice Department in light of Ruddy's comments.

This immediately led to the "Saturday Night Massacre" with the resignations of the Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973.

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A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

"Firing special prosecutors tends not to work as we all learned from Watergate", Starr said in an interview on "GMA", adding that "it would be very wise to allow the special counsel to do his work". And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein if he would fire Mueller if Trump asked him to.

It was Mr Rosenstein who appointed Mr Mueller to the job in the first place, since he took carriage of the Russia investigation from the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself because of his own contacts with Russian officials in the lead-up to last year's USA election. Comey himself said when he testified before the Senate last week that he was "sure" that Mueller's investigation would look into a potential obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump.

CNN's race-baiting pundit April Ryan says there's "mass hysteria" over rumors Trump may fire Robert Mueller. "He had a private conversation with the President on his views about all sorts of matters, potentially about the investigation, I don't know".

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