Ryan: "Let Robert Mueller do his job"

Sessions was scheduled to testify later on Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

"Think he's considering, perhaps terminating the special counsel". In that testimony, Comey said that he believed - because Trump had said so - that he was sacked due to the FBI's investigation of the possible Trump connections to Russian Federation.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears. "Chris speaks for himself." .

He said he doubts Mueller can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation.

CNN's Erin Burnett Monday night said if Trump were to fire Mueller "it would be a bombshell of epic proportions".

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.

Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, warned Trump that dismissing Mueller would ultimately be futile, saying "Don't waste your time".

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican, said during a press conference on Tuesday, "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently", meaning the president should not interfere with Mueller's work.

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".

Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was FBI director and Comey was deputy attorney general.

If Mueller is fired by Trump, Schiff said, Congress will simply re-establish the independent counsel law and put Mueller in the position.

The dismissal would come, he said due to reports of conflicts of interest involving Mueller and White House officials. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Mueller with the supervision of the justice department's investigation.

However, Gingrich said that Mr. Trump is "actually pretty confident" in the investigation and "ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is all going to go away".

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Shaheen whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. "I'm not going to get into hypotheticals". "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

Ruddy's remarks appear to be based on comments made recently by Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team.

  • Zachary Reyes