No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said. "As long as I'm in this position, he will not be fired if not for good cause", he said.

"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.

"I think he's weighing that option", said Ruddy.

- President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Amid reports that President Trump is considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday that he - and not the president - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so. In that role, Rosenstein has the authority to fire Mueller under some circumstances.

Speculation continued unabated and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the counsel, was asked about it at a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning. "I think there's a conflict there".

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking if Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Sessions in March stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with Kislyak.

Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

The Newsmax head also slammed the White House communications team's response to his statement, calling it "amateur hour".

Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him.

The department would not comment on the record on whether Trump, who has repeatedly complained about leaks on the case, requested the statement. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", an official said.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Democratic lawmakers intend to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his meetings with the Russian ambassador and the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey when the former Alabama senator testifies Tuesday.

Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled. However, after facing numerous complaints, Bork ended up appointing another special prosecutor who, after nine months of investigation, found enough damning information that Nixon chose to resign.

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