Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says there's no cause to fire MuellerMore

"Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing".

Ruddy, who had been at the White House Monday, told PBS' Judy Woodruff that "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

President Donald Trump's friend, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy texted ABC's "Good Morning America" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday with a stern warning to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

And with Attorney General Jeff Sessions having recused himself from all Russia-related matters, that responsibility would fall on Rosenstein, who said he is "confident" Mueller "has full independence" to conduct the investigation.

Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron. The interview took place several days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the interview, which was was first reported by PBS.




The questioning about whether the White House was seeking to oust Mueller came as top conservative boosters of Trump sought to delegitimize Mueller, a former FBI director who took the special counsel job after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so". The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

The President sacked Comey in early May.

Because Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation over his connection to Trump's campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador, it was Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

"Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein said. "I don't question his integrity at all, but he has to be careful not to create the impression of partiality".

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