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Rosenstein’s cautious answers

About an hour into Tuesday’s hearing, Rosenstein had not declared unequivocally that he would not remove special counsel Robert Mueller, nor did he say that he would resign if asked.

But he doesn’t think it’s going to come to that.

Under questioning from Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) about whether the special counsel could contest whether there was cause to fire him, Rosenstein responded, “I do not anticipate that it’s going to arise.”

He added later: “As long as I’m in this position, he’s not going to be fired without good cause.”

That is as close that Rosenstein has come to suggesting he would step down rather than carry out an order of the president that he did not feel comported with the law.

Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, will face his former colleagues this afternoon in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is expected to face questions on contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his role in the firing of James B. Comey as FBI director.