Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein claims exclusive power to fire Mueller, also says Mueller is truly independent
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Tuesday that only he has the power to fire the special counsel handling the Russia investiation and that he has not discussed the counsel with President Trump.
Rosenstein said special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation of whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
“I am confident that he has full independence,” Rosenstein said in answer to a question from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Rosenstein was testifying [before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee] in place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
AG Sessions to testify today
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in open hearing at 2:30 PM, Eastern Time. That would be 11:30 AM Arizona Time. No closed session is scheduled..