Politics Comey 'highly confident' deputy attorney general will refuse to fire special counsel

08:17  16 april  2018
08:17  16 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says

  Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says President Donald Trump "believes he has the power to" fire special counsel Robert Mueller, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "He certainly believes he has the power to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump believes he has that power.She did not suggest Trump would be moving to fire Mueller.Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general.

President Trump has suggested firing Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, as Republicans launch an onslaught of criticism of the FBI and the special counsel . (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post).

Only the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller can fire him and only for cause. But Trump could fire the DAG, or order the special - counsel regulations repealed and fire Mueller himself. FULL QUESTION.

James Comey wearing a suit and tie © ABC

Former FBI Director James Comey says he's "highly confident" that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would refuse to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump.

"I think, given his experience with me, that he has an opportunity in overseeing Bob Mueller to restore some of his professional reputation," Comey said of Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who penned the memo that the White House cited as the basis for Comey's ouster, according to a transcript of an interview with ABC News posted Sunday.

"And I'm highly confident that he would refuse to abide that order," Comey said.

Exclusive: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein tells confidantes he is prepared to be fired

  Exclusive: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein tells confidantes he is prepared to be fired <p>Under fire, the deputy attorney general has invoked a Martin Luther quote to say he stands by his actions.</p>In those conversations, he has repeated the phrase, "Here I stand," a reference to Martin Luther's famous quote, "Here I stand, I can do no other." Coincidentally, former FBI Director James Comey, whom Rosenstein fired, repeated the same phrase to President George W. Bush in a conversation that has been widely reported and that Comey describes in his forthcoming book.

You said the President believes he has the power to fire Robert Mueller, because usually, most legal experts believe that he would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod They’ve said it’s Rod Rosenstein oversees the Special Counsel , and only he has the power to fire the Special Counsel .

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, serving as Acting Attorney General due to the recusal The Special Counsel is also investigating whether the Central Bank of Russia's deputy governor FBI Director Comey told him so privately on three occasions but refused to make a public comment

Rosenstein, the Justice Department's No. 2 official, inherited the oversight of the Justice Department's investigation, and later the special counsel probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election and any potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating matters related to the presidential campaign.

Following the FBI raid on the house, office and hotel room of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week, the President openly mulled whether to fire Mueller and repeated his attack on the special counsel's investigation as a "witch hunt." Trump also has been considering axing Rosenstein as a way to limit Mueller's investigation, multiple people familiar with the discussions told CNN.

Comey told ABC News that if Trump were to fire the special counsel, it would "set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law."

"And it would be something that our entire country -- again, Democrats and Republican -- that is higher than all the normal fights about policy," Comey said in the interview with ABC News that aired Sunday. " And it would be to the everlasting shame of partisans if they were unable to see that higher level and to protect it."

Comey taps former US attorney as personal lawyer: report .
Former FBI Director James Comey has reportedly hired his close friend and former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as one of his personal lawyers.Two Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Talking Points Memo (TPM) that Comey had retained Fitzgerald, though it was not immediately clear in what capacity he made the hire.Fitzgerald, who has known Comey for decades, declined to comment to TPM on the report. David Kelley, one of Comey's attorneys, declined to confirm or deny whether Fitzgerald had joined Comey's legal team.

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