Spicer On Whether Trump Might Fire Mueller: Every Appointee Serves At The Pleasure Of The President

The Hill reports:

The top White House spokesman on Monday did not directly answer a question about whether President Trump supports Rod Rosenstein amid speculation that the deputy attorney general may have to recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into Russian election meddling.

“The president has confidence in everyone who serves in this administration,” press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked by a reporter if Trump has confidence in Rosenstein. Spicer added that every political appointee “serves at the pleasure of the president.”

Spicer noted on Monday that while the authority lies with the deputy attorney general to fire Mueller, all political appointees in the government ultimately report to Trump. The reporter asked Spicer if Trump would keep firing Justice Department employees until he found someone willing to replace Mueller.

“That’s a hypothetical question,” Spicer responded. “The bottom line is I answered a question as to how the system is set up.”