"With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".
Looking into whether Trump obstructed justice means that Mueller is also examining the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, which was obviously not part of the original federal probe led by Comey when he still had a job as FBI director.
"I think this - this is going to be a witch hunt. I know. I wrote the rules".
Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak. Plenty of reports indicated Trump was being strongly advised against this.
Trump is promoting a proposal to bring more people into the economy by having them start working as apprentices. Here, that would mean Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter. "I always speak for myself and not the President". That was not so, he said. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation".
Grassley announced the investigation in a letter to California Sen.
Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed.
BARRETT: Right. And if you think back to Comey's testimony, he says pretty clearly that he believes his firing was an attempt to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation. A friend of the president suggested a day earlier that Trump was considering such an ouster.
Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.
Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.
"We're not going to let the President choose who conducts this investigation", he said.
Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: "Double dare exists". Comey said last week. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".
For months, President Trump has been obsessed - publicly and privately - with clearing his name in relation to the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with members of his campaign.
"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".
USA TODAY has not independently verified the report. "But it wouldn't surprise me at all, even though it would be absolutely astonishing were he (Trump) to entertain this".
Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.
Gingrich is correct that there is a certain partisan tilt to the team of top-notch investigators being assembled by the ex-FBI director: Jeannie Rhee, Michael Dreeben, Andrew Weissmann and James Quarles are renowned in their fields and have made repeated donations to Democrats.style="text-align: center;"