No plan to sack Russian Federation probe head Mueller: US justice official

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment.

Rosenstein said that he had had no good cause to dismiss the special counsel.

ROSENSTEIN: No, I have not.

Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so.

Mueller was appointed FBI Director by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2013, when Comey took over as head.

"Although Ruddy said he thinks" it would be a very significant mistake", he claimed that there wasn't a justification for a special counsel.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack praised Mueller and told reporters "there is a ripple effect" as stories continue to develop on the ongoing probe.

Ruddy also stated that Trump would be within his right to fire Mueller since there are certain conflicts of interest that exist regarding the past relationship shared by the president and the special counsel.

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".

Spicer might think he knows exactly what Trump said in the Rose Garden, but he is wrong.

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy, who leads the conservative news website Newsmax, said on PBS NewsHour.

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of firing Robert Mueller, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday, but she would not say whether the president had confidence in the special counsel in the Russian Federation probe.

"I do know that he did interview him, I believe, the day before he was named as special counsel, and beyond that and what I said earlier, I don't have anything to add", Sanders said.

"Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result".

But it is a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

Appearing before the senate appropriations sub-committee in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Rosenstein said that Mr Mueller would be given the independence needed to do his job.

  • Leroy Wright