Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' special counsel Mueller

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".

Sessions, who had been slated to testify before the Senate budget panel, will appear later Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

"If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. "Because Comey makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation".

"Chris Ruddy speaks for himself", Spicer said. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong. And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality — he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey — and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.

Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.

The deputy attorney general's testimony comes after Trump friend and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said Monday that Trump was considering "terminating" the special counsel who is overseeing the Justice Department's wide-ranging inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. White House officials and a person close to Trump's personal attorney said Trump is not planning to make any moves on Mueller.

Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.

"He is being advised by many people not to do it", the source said. The decision to fire the special counsel would rest with him alone, he said, despite conjecture that Trump could fire him if he did not acquiesce to orders, or repeal the regulations that govern the appointment and fire Mueller himself.

  • Zachary Reyes