Trump May Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein As "Check" on Mueller

GOP senator urges Trump not to fire Mueller

GOP senator urges Trump not to fire Mueller

In a tweet early on Thursday, Trump said that he backed a "cooperative" approach to Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Chris Coons of DE, and Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. But I'll remind you just previous year, on a strong bipartisan basis, the Senate and the House took up bills that would direct the President to impose sanctions on Russian Federation for their interference in our last election.

A further 58 percent say they support Mueller looking into the most recent allegations that Trump's lawyer paid $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who alleges a 2006 affair with the president. The raids had the president fuming on Monday and Tuesday.

Alan Dershowitz, a leading constitutional law scholar, dined with Trump at the White House on Tuesday night and said it would be a "mistake" for the president to attempt to get rid of Mueller.

Trump continued his criticism Wednesday morning, tweeting that the investigation is "never ending and corrupt".

"Special counsels must act within boundaries, but they must also be protected", Graham said in a statement. Trump has warned that an investigation into his business would cross "a red line" and could lead him to fire Mueller, despite strong pushback from a number of aides and Republicans in Congress.

It's unclear if it could ever become law.

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The presence of two Republicans on the bill means that it would pass the Senate if all 49 Democrats vote yes and if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., brings the measure to the floor.

Ryan, speaking at a news conference where he announced his retirement, said Rosenstein and Mueller should be allowed to do their jobs.

The activist website MoveOn said it had more than 800 "emergency" rallies around the country prepared if Trump dismisses Mueller, who is investigating whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. More recently, Republican senators John Cornyn and Chuck Grassley have sounded similar cautions. Grassley, in some of the strongest comments from the caucus, said it would be "suicide".

Leaks from the new James Comey book, and The Washington Post report that Cohen may have taped many of his calls, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation now has those tapes, only increase the chances that Trump takes out his frustration by moving against either Sessions, Rosenstein or Mueller. "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be".

The Justice Department also made 1,000 pages of classified materials available to the full House Intelligence Committee, the official said, which the department believes "substantially satisfied" Nunes' August 2017 subpoena. Democrats wanted to go one step further and pass legislation protecting the Republican former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Near the end, he was asked directly by a reporter, "Why don't you just fire Mueller?".

But critics insist that Mr. Mueller enjoys protection under Justice Department regulations, which provide that the special counsel may be "removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general" for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause". Mueller or Rosenstein would nearly certainly surface legislation in Congress against such a move, as well as a huge public outcry for a prompt replacement with another well-regarded Justice Department investigator.

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