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No plan to sack Russian Federation probe head Robert Mueller: US justice official

Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.

Yesterday, a close confidant of Trump, Newsmax website chief executive Chris Ruddy, said following a White House visit that the president is considering firing Mueller.

Mueller was brought on to lead the probe into Russian election meddling after Trump fired Comey in May.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said.

"If there were good cause", I would consider it", Rosenstein testified. He added, "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly". Even though it is reported that the president understands how risky firing Mueller will be, those close to him feel that Trump is "so volatile they can not be sure that he won't change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused the media of "creating a rumor that's not happening".

Nixon directed his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire Cox, but they refused and resigned. "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Rosenstein was likely referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing might have been an effort to obstruct justice. Trump called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

Shaheen: "As I understand Mr. Rosenstein, in this matter, you are actually the one exercising hiring and firing authority because Attorney General (Jeff) Sessions is recused". That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

The White House forcefully disputed Ruddy's claims, saying he speaks for himself, not the president. Some of Trump's allies now claim the results Mueller comes up with in the Russian Federation investigation will be tainted and biased due to Mueller's relationship with Comey and Mueller's hiring of several attorneys to help him with the investigation that the Trump boosters deem to be partisan.

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

Allies of the President cast doubt on the idea that Mr Trump would take such a drastic step, and officials said Mr Ruddy had not met Mr Trump directly while visiting the White House on Monday.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9.

The report goes on to state that while Trump is suspicious of Mueller and that he is still furious with Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

So as deputy attorney general, Rosenstein would have the power to remove Mueller from his position - as long as he had a good reason to do that and put it in writing.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote.

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