Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate


The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.

"I still stand by that it was being considered as an option", said Ruddy, adding he has "very good sources" in the administration.

"I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said last month. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. The interview was first reported by PBS.

Democratic senators have seized on the possibility of a third meeting to suggest that Sessions has not been forthcoming about the extent of his communications with the ambassador.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. A shining example of this is the way that former Speaker of the House and Trump supporter Newt Gingrich is acting. That was not so, he said.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. "I know. I wrote the rules". "Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising.

But both Rosenstein and Sessions serve at the pleasure of the president, and if Rosenstein refused to fire Mueller, in theory, Trump could appoint someone to Rosenstein's job who would do his bidding, just as Nixon did after the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre", where Robert Bork (yes, that Robert Bork) carried out Nixon's wishes.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

Christopher Ruddy and Trump have been good friends for a long time. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

If Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller or tried to do it himself after repealing the special-counsel regulations, Congress would then need to exercise its constitutional power to check the president, Rangappa said. "Because Comey makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation. I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". The rest of the White House staff seems to be sticking to their new strategy of compartmentalizing, referring all these questions about the investigation to the president's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz. Justice Department Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, Jeannie Rhee, James Quarles, and Andrew Weisman have all donated to various Clinton and Obama campaigns over the years, reports said.

"If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info", President Trump tweeted from the campaign trail February. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

He said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not involved in the Russian Federation probe and has not been briefed on it since his recusal. "These investigations are important", Ryan said. I don't even read that carefully.

The president ignored reporters' questions about Mueller on Tuesday, apparently as part of what he believes is a clever, farsighted strategy.

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said.

Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Sadie Gurman and Mary Clare Jalonick contributed.



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