Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.
Well, it appears that Ruddy was right all along - he pointed out after the fact that the White House never denied the claim - as the New York Times is now reporting that the president has indeed entertained the idea.
"The president did this to himself", that official added. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak. If accurate, the report would also indicate Trump still has no understanding of the position the appointment of a special counsel has placed him in. No longer is he merely focused on the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, meaning Mueller appears also to be zeroing in on Trump's actions since taking office January 20.
ROSENSTEIN: Yes, senator. It's done in the order, which I believe was issued on May 17th, and the order references the regulation from which you've read, and so that is the source of his authority. That was not so, he said. "I always speak for myself and not the President".
The statement came after Sen.
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He added: "Having refused to admit his errors, the director can not be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions". The feat makes him the only Bush-appointed USA attorney to serve all eight years under Obama.
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Washington state) asked about the Cole Memo and Sessions' task force to review the memo. "Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising.
Why would Trump consider firing Mueller? . He was also already granted a waiver by the Justice Department to lead the probe despite a possible conflict of interest stemming from his law firm's representation of some of the individuals caught up in the investigation, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.
"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of a Senate appropriations subcommittee that he is the only person who is able to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and that he has seen no reason to do so.
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As for Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that his recommendation had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe, that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view. that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do".
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his solidarity with the victims and ordered an investigation into the matter. Bogota has seen dramatic improvement in security over the past decade as the country's long-running conflict has wound down.
By now anyone who values his sanity has stopped trying to predict what President Trump will do or say.
Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.
In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller". "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".
Ruddy later said his comments were not based on a direct conversation with the president, but that he was "confident" of his sourcing.
"Don't you think it is unethical for him to become the investigator against the President after having that private conversation?"
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In the same interview , Ruddy said that the president was considering terminating Mueller as special counsel. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports . "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".