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.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for public hearings in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate. He further assured senators Mueller has been given complete independence to carry out the task.
House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear he doesn't agree with some who are urging President Donald Trump to fire the Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
But hours later, former House Speaker and Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich again bounced up what appeared to be a trial balloon, saying those who believe that the investigation is going to be "neutral" and "professional" are "delusional", and calling special counsels "very unsafe".
Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on 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 Rosenstein to fire Mueller.
But on Monday, Christopher Ruddy, who runs the conservative media outlet Newsmax and is friends with Trump, told PBS NewsHour that the president was thinking of calling for Rosenstein to dismiss Mueller.
Susan Collins of Maine what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
"No, I have not", he said.More news: Lawmakers criticize Trump's tweets about Russian Federation investigation
Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.
Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.
In a freakish, televised cabinet meeting on Monday that forced even non-partisan news agencies such as Reuters and AP to drop their impersonal tone, Trump called on his cabinet members to boost his administration, after claiming that "Never has there been a president, with few exceptions. who has passed more legislation, done more things".
Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong.
"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself". Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Rosenstein said he found no good cause to fire Mueller. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.