Newt Gingrich changes his mind about Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller

He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it". A President's order, he pointed out, did not count as good cause.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

Under questioning from Sen.

NewsMax Media founder Christopher Ruddy said on the PBS program "Newshour" that he thought Trump is "weighing that option" but added it would be a mistake.

If questions arise about what matters Sessions should stay away from, he said, a career official in Rosenstein's office is consulted. "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". He is scheduled to testify before two congressional hearings on Tuesday and is likely to face even more pointed questions about the Russian Federation probe and the independence of the Justice Department in light of Ruddy's comments.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that there were discussions at high levels about firing FBI Director James Comey even before Sessions was confirmed.

Trump supporters like Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, have attacked Mueller and have called into question his credibility and independence.

Newsmax CEO and a close friend of Trump said in an interview that the president was examining the possibility of ousting the special counsel appointed to lead the investigation into relations between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Mr Ruddy said he spoke to the President on Friday. I want to know why he has provided false testimony to me and to Sen.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted. Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said. The Justice Department sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify about the budget instead. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Firing him would breathe new life into accusations that Trump was trying to interfere in the probe.

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

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let the investigation go on independently and thoroughly".

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

  • Larry Hoffman