Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that will likely focus on his meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Comey said in his written testimony that had he talked with the FBI "leadership team" after the meeting and they decided it made little sense to report the Flynn discussion to Sessions because they expected he "would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations".

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the United States election and possible collusion with Mr Trump's campaign. The Justice Department has said that while Sessions was there, for a speech by Trump, there were no meetings or private encounters.

Sessions and Republicans also stressed there was a difference between meeting with foreign officials as a senator and as a member of a campaign.

"As such", he said, "I have no knowledge about this investigation, as it is ongoing today, beyond what has been publicly reported".

"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller.

The attorney general will also face questions about whether he met Kislyak on a third occasion. "Can you just tell me, what is the allegation against the President or any of his officials?"

He told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he knew weeks before Sessions announced his recusal that the decision was "inevitable ... for a variety of reasons", and thus chose not to tell him about Trump's alleged request that the FBI drop its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

On Monday, in a odd photo op, members of Trump's Cabinet lavished praise on the President, who has struggled to extricate himself from the Russian Federation cloud over his White House.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders said when asked whether Trump was considering the move.

But officials said Sessions's relationship with Trump has been strained since the attorney general recused himself from the Russian Federation probe in March. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe the next day.

But lawmakers - particularly Democrats - are preparing tough questions for Sessions both about Russia's contact with Trump campaign associates and the circumstances of Comey's firing.

The White House has already acknowledged that Sessions will not hesitate to invoke executive privilege, which may limit knowledge-sharing quite a bit.

A White House official downplayed Ruddy's comments, saying "Chris speaks for himself".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he never had conversations with FBI Director James Comey about his job performance before Comey's firing.

On Tuesday, Newsmax's Christopher Ruddy attacked Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation during a segment on MSNBC.

The fiery Southern Baptist minister, who ran for president in 1988, hired Sekulow to be the chief counsel of his American Center for Law and Justice.

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.

At a Senate appropriations committee hearing, Rosenstein hinted - without confirming directly - that Mueller's investigation could probe deep into Trump's White House.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.

The president and aides noted that Comey testified that he told Trump three times he was not personally under investigation over Russian contacts. He said Trump had called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Democrats warned that Congress would turn around and re-appoint Mueller as independent counsel if Trump dismisses him.

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