High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation.
Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen. At the same time, after Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey this month, many things once thought beyond the realm of possibility look less so now.
David Ignatius, a columnist with The Washington Post, cautioned that firing Mueller would be a unsafe move by the president.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "extraordinarily unwise".
But the investigation by the Justice Department and probes carried out by two congressional committees have moved closer to the president, with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and other former campaign staff having received requests and subpoenas for information from investigators.
White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said. Jeanne Shaheen. She asked about news reports suggesting that President Donald Trump was already thinking about "terminating" Robert Mueller from his position as special counsel.
The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.
Both Rosenstein and Sessions are testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday. 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". That's what I would do.
"If there were good cause, I would consider it". "In recent days, the president has told his staff, his visitors, and his outside advisers that he was increasingly convinced Mueller, like Comey, his successor as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was part of a "witch hunt" by partisans who wanted to see him weakened or forced from office", the daily said. I personally think it would be a significant mistake'.
I can assure you that it's important to me that it be done expeditiously, and I communicated that to Director Mueller, and I'm sure he also appreciates the importance of moving as quickly as we can. Chris, remember there is no evidence of wrongdoing; there's no evidence of collusion; there's no evidence of obstruction.
See, for example, Newt Gingrich's changed tone.
On May 17, Gingrich tweeted that Mueller was a "superb choice" for special counsel.
They don't mind stirring the pot to distract, deliberately provoke and disrupt.
On "CBS This Morning" Gingrich carped that one of the Democratic attorneys Mueller has hired 'worked for the Clinton Foundation'.
When it dies down, in the end, they hope they've succeeded in muddying up opponents.