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White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

"You can raise those concerns" to both Mueller and the DOJ, Rosenstein told Graham.

Rosenstein offered his assurances as US news accounts quoted Republican allies of Trump suggesting that the president is considering firing Mueller, whose appointment last month drew widespread praise from both Republicans and opposition Democrats. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., if he's seen any reason for Mueller to be fired, Rosenstein said, "I have not". Grassley said Comey's dismissal and Comey's testimony on Lynch should be looked at together, noting that Comey "took the opportunity in his testimony to clear his own name by denouncing as false the administration's claims that the FBI rank-and-file had lost confidence in Mr. Comey's leadership in the wake of the Clinton email investigation".

Essentially, Rosenstein is saying he would not approach a presidential order to fire Mueller in the same way that he approached the president's request to come up with a pretext for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein said that, under the special counsel regulations, he is the only department official with the authority to get rid of Mueller.

"He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said on CBS This Morning.

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"I don't think Newt said that", Graham told reporters. "That witness is the attorney general of the United States".

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

In May, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.

So if it comes, know this: Trump definitely can have his special counsel fired.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", he said. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice. Gingrich said that is why independent counsels are "very unsafe".

"That is a real question about what Comey did and whether what he did was appropriate in terms of taking documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and then leaking them with the express objective of getting a special counsel who turned out to be Mueller appointed", Fitton told host Bill Tucker "America Talks Live".



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