In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said he sees no basis for President Donald Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and that the Russia investigation should be allowed to continue.
The president's ire over the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties with Russia, which Rosenstein stepped in to oversee after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last year, has grown considerably over the past week after Rosenstein authorized the raid in New York on longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Gowdy noted that the raid on Cohen’s office was given the go ahead by "neutral, detached" federal judge and not special counsel Robert Mueller, who simply made the referral.
"I don’t know what Mueller was supposed to do other than what he did," Gowdy said, adding the referral was made because Mueller's team "came in contact with potential criminality."
"How this is Mueller’s fault just defies logic to me," Gowdy said, and he cautioned the White House against agreeing to a reported plan from former aide Steve Bannon on how to discredit the ongoing federal probe.
"I don’t know who in the hell would take advice from Steve Bannon," Gowdy said.
What would be a legitimate reason to fire Rosenstein, according to Gowdy?
[T]he congressman added, if Trump wanted to fire Rosenstein because he was upset that the Justice Department isn't producing requested documents to Congress fast enough, that would be "legitimate."