Spicer: Mueller, Rosenstein "serve at the pleasure of" Trump
Although Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the only person who can fire Russia Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, Sean Spicer said Monday, "I get there may be a technicality as to whom reports to whom. But the bottom line is, is that everybody who is in a status of that serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States." What Spicer was suggesting: Trump can't directly fire Mueller, but he can fire Rosenstein.
Why this matters: There has been a lot of discussion over the independence (or lack thereof) of Mueller's investigation. Rosenstein recently assured the Senate Intelligence committee that he would only fire Mueller if there was "good cause", regardless of Trump's orders. But Spicer is insinuating that the president can still determine the special counsel's fate.