Trump considering 'terminating' Russia probe leader Mueller

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR.

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller. "(Attorney General) Jeff Sessions is recused here, so it would be up to (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein, who was the person who just appointed Bob Mueller a couple of weeks ago".

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said of Trump.

"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.

From a conservative radio talk show: "I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel, 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. Look who he is hiring", tweeted former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.

Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation, " Rosenstein said. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate. The dismissal would come, he said due to reports of conflicts of interest involving Mueller and White House officials.

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".

Russian President Vladimir Putin says former FBI Director James Comey's acknowledgement that he had given memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump to a friend who leaked them to the media is "weird".

Comey, however, specifically said at congressional hearing that Mueller had not reviewed or edited his testimony.

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, in recent days Mueller's impartiality as special counsel has been questioned by some Trump supporters.

The new 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.

He said Sessions is not involved in the Russian Federation probe and has not been briefed on it since his recusal. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

"Right now the role of the president is to govern the United States of America".

Can the President indeed fire the special counsel? "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

"That's a decision that the president will make in consultation with his chief lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and that the president said he'll address next week", he said.

Who's Ruddy? The Los Angeles Times has a quick bio of the longtime Trump pal that explains why he's generally a reliable gauge on what Trump is thinking. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems". But Ruddy may be floating the idea only to get it shot down; "Chris speaks for himself", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

He declined further comment.

  • Zachary Reyes