Trump's allies add pressure on special counsel Mueller

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 us election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

The night before Tuesday's senate intelligence committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the sudden question of whether President Donald Trump might fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller prompted alarm from Democrats and notes of caution from Republicans.

Substitute anchor Kristen Welker, who led the interview about the alleged discussions about firing Mueller, replied, "Obviously, the legitimacy of the special counsel would be up for debate". As Rosenstein went on to say, "I've been a prosecutor for 27 years, we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigations".

After media reports said President Donald Trump was thinking about firing Mueller, Rosenstein told the Senate Committee on Appropriations only he can give Mueller the boot.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the USA elections.

The deputy attorney general, the second-highest official at the Department of Justice, is managing the Russian Federation investigation at the department following attorney general Jeff Sessions's decision to recuse himself.

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Rosenstein penned a letter outlining why he thought Comey could be let go, a letter the president reportedly asked him to write . US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP , in a tweet, responding to reports that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

Speculation is swirling about whether President Donald Trump will remove special counsel Robert Mueller from his post.

"I know what we're investigating and he does not", Rosenstein said to Sen.

The pressing question of whether the president even has the authority to fire Mueller was addressed early Tuesday morning as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a different senate committee.

Another talk-radio Trump booster, Laura Ingraham, who was rumoured to have been considered for a White House position, directed her followers to a story in a conservative newspaper that suggests Mueller might be tainted.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., raised questions regarding Mueller's independence, however.

"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Gingrich also said Trump is confident that Mueller will find he did nothing wrong, but Gingrich worries.

Democratic senators pressed him on the legal rationale for his refusal to discuss those private conversations, as Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not asserted executive privilege around the hearing. Still, he added, "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise". "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

White House officials sought to downplay Ruddy's comments. And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "Chris speaks for himself".

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An AFP reporter could see a helicopter and several emergency vehicles at the scene, which was closed off by a wide police cordon. The incident occurred in North London outside of the Muslim Welfare House , which is located near the Finsbury Park Mosque .

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