"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.
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.
Mueller has served multiple presidents in both parties.
Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet". We don't know if it's going to happen or if it won't happen. Apparently many within the party now want Mueller ousted as the special counsel for the investigation, mostly because rumors are swirling that Trump wants Mueller fired - or at least that it would be in his best interest to do so.
It's one thing to support Trump, but another to be hypocritical of everything that may implicate him of a crime.
Asked what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe they are lawful and appropriate orders".
She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump. "One of my sources reached out to me just before we went on air, and they said there's mass hysteria in the West Wing about this".
SHAHEEN: And have you given the special counsel full independence from the Justice Department to conduct his investigation?
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later that Trump thought Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
Finally, it's possible Rosenstein and Trump could work out a deal in which Rosenstein would not fire Mueller but limit his power and the scope of his investigation.
A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". Look who he is hiring.check fec reports.
Mueller and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Comey was deputy attorney general. But outside of the White House the president does have surrogates like Newt Gingrich who are attacking the special counsel, credit - questioning his credibility.
"But I think it would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become prosecutor of the person he would be investigating", he added.
Matt Lewis, a CNN political commentator, said Trump has a pattern of surprise moves, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Asked about it on ABC this weekend, Jay Sekulow said that if there were a serious basis for it, the president would be allowed: "Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes".
The government let the old independent-counsel law expire in 1999 - at that point even Clinton's tormentor, investigator Kenneth Starr, suggested the law needed to change. I'm in charge, and I'm going to stay in charge. It was prompted by this comment from Trump confidant and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy yesterday on PBS. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.