Who could fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

"And the reason for that is, that if it is within the scope of Director Mueller's investigation - and I've been a prosecutor for 27 years - we don't want people talking publicly about the subjects of ongoing investigation", he continued.

U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions has said that any suggestion of collusion between him and Russian Federation is "an appalling and detestable lie", as he appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington.

Rosenstein was likely referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing might have been an effort to obstruct justice.

"I know Bob Mueller and I have confidence in Bob Mueller", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Rosenstein told senators at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday that Mueller will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation". His spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would later tell reporters the president "has no intention" to dismiss Mueller.

Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. But the narrative has gotten oxygen from Ruddy and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has urged Trump to end the investigation.

A day earlier, high-profile supporters of Trump were turning on Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the " election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.


The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy's claims.

"I'd be surprised if he did that", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show." "Look who he is hiring".

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

The White House appeared blindsided by it, but took hours to address it, triggering speculation it was, one, a plan indeed and Moody was testing the waters for Trump, and two, it was an attempt by a anxious administration to intimidate the counsel and the formidable team of lawyers he was putting together.

President Trump might be encouraged that Republicans in Congress have reacted with a yawn to these suggestions about Trump possibly firing Mueller. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

On the other hand, it would cause a political storm, said the writer. He added that he "can't imagine" it would happen, however. "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", deputy White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Trump meant to fire Mueller. Later in the day, however, Ruddy tweeted that he had been assured by presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner that Priebus was doing an "amazing job".

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