Deputy attorney general says he's the only one who can fire Mueller

Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, said he didn't see the need for a special counsel but that he thought firing Mueller would be a "very significant mistake".

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

Trump also had other issues on his mind on Tuesday as reflected in his tweets, the Russian Federation probe among them, as he sought to deflect attention towards Hillary Clinton and the investigation into her use of a private email server that came up during fired FBI director James Comey's testimony last week.

Elliott Hamilton, writing for The Daily Wire on June 12, said that "given all of this information, it would obligate Mueller to recuse himself from issues surrounding his friend and former colleague".

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte last week, the 4th District Representative called on the Committee to invite the President to testify.

"You want to see this President in the express lane to impeachment, no ifs, ands or buts, then go for it". He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it". He was so successful that after his 10-year tenure as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he was given a waiver to serve another two years.

Asked by Schatz whether there was a document detailing the parameters of Sessions's recusal, Rosenstein said that such a document was not necessary due to the hierarchical nature of the Justice Department - meaning that any information related to the Russian Federation investigation would be filtered out through his office before it went to Sessions. "I think it is", Ruddy said.

The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

He further elaborated on the Trump Administration's view of the Cole Memo, which was issued by President Obama's Deputy Attorney General James Cole, which lays out guidelines for marijuana businesses operating in medical and legal states if they wish to avoid federal interference.

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller". In a particularly North Korean touch - or, depending on your perspective, one reminiscent of mandatory compliments teachers force their kindergartners to dole out - Trump also convened members of his Cabinet around a big wooden table and so they could each say something nice about his presidency in front of the press.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire Rosenstein.

In response to a "PBS Newshour" report that Trump is "weighing" the option of firing Mueller, Georgetown law professor Marty Lederman wrote at the blog Just Security that Trump could theoretically rescind or make less stringent the 1999 special counsel regulations.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

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.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

  • Zachary Reyes