Trump does have the authority to remove the special counsel.
Technically, it's up to the attorney general to decide what to do with the special counsel.
Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".
Rosenstein said that, thus far, he has seen no evidence of good cause for Mueller's termination. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.
Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan.
When it comes to examining whether Trump sought to obstruct the FBI's investigation into Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign played a role, the president's pattern of behavior and past statements about the investigation will most likely come back to haunt him, experts say.
He brought on three partners from his former law firm, WilmerHale, with significant litigating experience in high-stakes cases.
Three members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by Mueller have given political donations nearly exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
- Jeannie Rhee contributed $16,450 to Democrats from 2008 to 2016. "And the next day, he's now maybe using some of that information in his investigation".
"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", he tweeted. Apparently referring to Federal Election Commission reports, he added: "Look who he is hiring. check fec reports. Time to rethink", Gingrich tweeted about Mueller. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. In the past, some of those private expressions of anger have been made public by friends and associates, only to generate speculation about moves that never take place - including a senior staff shake-up that has yet to happen.
President Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, reportedly bragged to his friends that he played a major role in the firing of USA attorney for the southern district of New York Preet Bharara, ProPublica reports.
Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr".
It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments. "There's no reason to fire Mueller". "Don't waste our time". Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is overseeing its own probe into the Russian Federation matter, tweeted, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller". Brian Schatz about the scope of Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein said Sessions "actually does not know what we're investigating, and I'm not going to be talking about it publicly".