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Rosenstein Says He Wouldn’t Follow Order to Fire Mueller Unless ‘Appropriate’

That memo detailed a February meeting in which Trump allegedly pressed Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.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.”I think he’s weighing that option”, Mr Ruddy said. Ryan continued, “This is a rumor that came out last night”.Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich’s concerns about the Russian Federation probe. But I’m noticing a trend here: If something is bad for Republicans, Newt thinks it should be abolished.”This is going to be a witch hunt”, Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday”. “If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said”, he said.In 1973 President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was leading the Watergate investigation. And for the record, a spokesman with the special counsel’s office could not confirm the names of any of the lawyers working on Mueller’s team when asked by Fox News. The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month’s firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, “Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller”. “While the president has every right to” fire Mr. Mueller, “he has no intention to do so”, the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday after a day of speculation over Mr. Mueller’s fate.The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation as a “witch hunt”.”Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive”. He added, “I think the best vindication for the President is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly”.”I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders”, Rosenstein said.Ruddy told ABC News that he stands by his comments that the president is considering asking Rosenstein to terminate Mueller.Mr Gingrich’s criticism could be a harbinger of a drive by Trump surrogates to undermine Mr Mueller’s authority and, perhaps, lay the groundwork to question his ultimate prosecutorial decisions or seek his removal.The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy’s claims.Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush’s press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller’s probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers. According to him, “only the President and his attorneys are authorized to comment” on the subject.