High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
Mr. Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mr. Mueller's role at a recent Senate hearing.
Following James Comey's revelation that he "leaked information about President Trump in hopes that it would lead to a special prosecutor", many have called for the president (or Jeff Sessions) to fire Bob Mueller.
If Trump instructs Rosenstein to dump Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when the two top Justice Department officials, Elliott Richardson and Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey President Richard Nixon's order to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured Congress Tuesday that he would obey a presidential order to fire Mueller only if it were "lawful and appropriate".
West Palm Beach resident and Mar-a-Lago Club member Christopher Ruddy says he doesn't need a TV appearance to send a message to President Donald Trump.
"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".
"If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.
"You're creating a debate that's not happening", interjected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who stood beside Ryan at a news conference held after a House GOP conference meeting at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill. She said, "I can definitively say the president is not a liar, and I think it's frankly insulting it is asked".
As for Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that his recommendation had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe, that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view. that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do".
As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said.
But behind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Trump's interactions.
What I would recommend (as I play constitutional lawyer on the pages of American Thinker) is for Donald Trump to demand an expedited judgment.
Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.
Rosenstein came off the bench for the hearing, subbing for his boss, Sessions, which for some senators was an unexcused absence.
Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure. Have you heard that Comey's Senate testimony vindicates President Trump and makes Mueller's work needless at best? In order to dismiss Mueller, the President would have to get consent from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. (Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last night).
"I really like Jeb Bush", Ruddy said at the time. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue.