WATCH LIVE: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein testifies in budget hearings
High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on Capitol Hill today at 10 a.m. ET, addressing the budget appropriations committees for both the House and the Senate. Watch his statements in the player above.
However, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate that he’s seen no basis to fire special counsel probing contacts between Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, has gone so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about “terminating” Mueller.
Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of PBS, “I think he’s weighing that option.”
Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, not the president— though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.