Deputy Attorney General Just Crushed Republican’s Attempt To Fire Mueller
Facing intense questioning from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein shut down claims by Donald Trump allies that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is bias against the president.
Rosenstein defended the special counsel, telling lawmakers that he has seen no good cause to fire Robert Mueller from his role as special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to The Hill.
The hearing came amid revelations that FBI officials on Mueller’s team had exhibited political bias. President Trump’s allies have seized on the reports to discredit the investigation.
As reported by The Hill:
The deputy attorney general, who is overseeing the Russia probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, told lawmakers that Mueller had taken the appropriate action by firing an FBI agent on the investigation over anti-Trump text messages he had sent to a colleague during the campaign.
“Have you seen good cause to fire special counsel Mueller?” Nadler asked Rosenstein.
“No,” Rosenstein replied.
Later, when asked what he would do if he were directed to fire Mueller, Rosenstein replied, “I would follow the regulation. If there were good cause, I would act. If there were no good cause, I would not.” He then repeated that he had not seen good cause to fire Mueller.
Later, Rosenstein spoke highly of Mueller when asked to explain the characteristics that qualified him to be appointed special counsel.
“Based upon his reputation, his service, his patriotism, and his experience with the department and the FBI, I believe he was an ideal choice for this task,” Rosenstein said in response to Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)