Paul Ryan Says Trump Should 'Let Robert Mueller Do His Job'

He interviewed the day before a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Fears that Rosenstein might be ordered to dismiss Mueller had cropped up before Thursday as well.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said on the program. "The near-universal advice Trump will be getting from his White House team-and from legal advisors close to the administration-will be that it's a catastrophic idea to get rid of Mueller".

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and continue down the line until a DOJ official acquiesced. "If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosentsein said, adding, "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

He told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that Mueller "did not hire a single Republican in the first wave" of staffing for his investigation.

The attorney general typically oversees the special counsel, but in this case Rosenstein is responsible for Mueller because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters related to any Russian Federation investigation.

Should Mueller get fired, that would be a waste of time, according to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

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". Another apparent concern is that Mr. Mueller hired staff who donated money to Democrats in the past.

Firing Mr. Mueller would be a politically explosive move that would raise new questions about Mr. Trump, whose abrupt dismissal of James Comey as FBI Director generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mr. Mueller's appointment.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation investigation on May 18.

"I mean Robert Mueller, there's some real conflicts", he explained. As he has already said earlier in the day, Rosenstein is not involved in the investigation and does not know any details regarding what's going on.

I think he's weighing that option, I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

Hours after the interview, White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not deny the claim, but said: "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue".

"Chris Ruddy speaks for himself", Spicer said.

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

The notion was dismissed by senior White House aides later Monday evening, who said that Ruddy does not speak for the president.

  • Zachary Reyes