White House denies Trump wants Mueller out

If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Robert Mueller has come under attacks recently, with the Speaker of the House casting doubts over his credibility. And the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that included an interview with Mueller.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a Senate appropriations subcommittee, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Questions about Mueller's job security swirled through Washington on Monday evening after Chris Ruddy, the CEO of NewsMax and a longtime Trump confidant, told PBS that the president was mulling the possibility of firing the special counsel. But the President is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

'I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel, ' said Ruddy. But the investigation continues, fueled by anti-Trump factions determined to discredit the president.

"I assume Rosenstein won't be party to such a farce", Lederman wrote, suggesting that the deputy attorney general might very well defy such an order to fire Mueller and resign. "Look who he is hiring". But Gingrich said that Mueller will only "annoy" but not "get Trump".

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind.

'With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment'. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein testified.

Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers.

"At the end of the day, our Founders gave us a system where the president does have the power to take care that the laws be faithfully executed", Katyal said.

CHRISTOPHER RUDDY: Look, I think Director Comey is a good guy, but I also think he violated bureau policy when he held a press conference explaining why he wasn't going to indict Hillary Clinton back in June of a year ago.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking whether Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Graham: Is giving political donations a reason to disqualify somebody for serving in the special counsel's office. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

Justice Department regulations stipulate that a special counsel can be fired only for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", but there may already be such grounds to remove Mr Mueller as special counsel.

  • Leroy Wright