Last night’s breaking news was that Newsmax CEO and confidante of Donald Trump, Chris Ruddy, suggested that the president was considering firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller was appointed after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. While Ruddy was quick to say he didn’t think firing Mueller was a good idea, others suggested that because Comey and Mueller were friends that somehow Mueller was tainted.
This morning, in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is in charge of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation had this to say,
‘Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation.’
Rosenstein is the only one with the power to fire Mueller. Normally the Attorney General of the United States would be the one vested with that authority but Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russian investigation due to his lying about his contact with Russian officials during the campaign. Sessions is set to testify later this afternoon before the Senate Intelligence Committee but he was also supposed to testify this morning. Rosenstein stood in his place.
According to USA Today, Sessions’ failure to appear did not go over well:
“I won’t mince words,” Leahy told Rosenstein. “You are not the witness we were supposed to hear from today. That witness is the Attorney General of the United States.”