Trump Weighing Firing Special Counsel, Confidant Says

The Senate committee has already begun taking testimony in both closed and open sessions from the nation's intelligence chiefs.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Gergen likened the development to Nixon's eventual resignation in 1974 because of the Watergate cover-up - not the actual burglary of the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the hotel complex two years earlier. Richard Burr, R-N.C., listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump chose to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and is also looking into financial crimes among Trump associates, the Post wrote, citing five unnamed intelligence officials.

After media reports said President Donald Trump was thinking about firing Mueller, Rosenstein told the Senate Committee on Appropriations only he can give Mueller the boot.

Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with one another.

They claimed a few days after the March 22 meeting, Mr Trump spoke separately with Mr Coats and Mr Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat.

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top U.S. federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe.

Grassley on Tuesday stopped short of ruling out establishing a congressional investigation into the question of whether Trump obstructed justice.

  • Leroy Wright