'Trump is considering firing Mueller as special counsel'

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

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. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller. He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe. Ruddy is definitely on Trump's side, reminding viewers on CNN that "there is no evidence of wrongdoing, there's no evidence of collusion, there's no evidence of obstruction".

Ruddy was at the White House on Monday (Tuesday NZT) to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. Ruddy however, doubled down on the idea, telling NBC in a statement Spicer's statement was "bizarre" and doesn't deny his claim. Ruddy is long-time friend of the President. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".

Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.

In an earlier hearing Tuesday before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Rosenstein said Mueller will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation", and that he has not spoken to Mueller about the substance of the investigation since appointing him.

Mr. Trump, Ruddy said, "was looking at [Mueller] potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director". "I think he's weighing that option".

"If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.

Rosenstein was likely referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing was an effort to obstruct justice. And his ability to endure a free-ranging investigation, directed by Mr. Mueller, that could raise questions about the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory, the topic that most provokes his rage, will be a critical test for a president who has continued on Twitter and elsewhere to flout the advice of his staff, friends and legal team. He called me and we had a good chat.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".

He also declared it a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Mr Trump to the White House.

"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies". He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator". "They have had a lot of fumbles". But the narrative has gotten oxygen from Ruddy and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, .

Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon's firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that "third-rate burglary", a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?

A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller. Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.

  • Larry Hoffman