Deputy Attorney General: Donald Trump can't fire special counsel Robert Mueller

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on June 6 that he had "not discussed" whether Trump felt comfortable with Mueller as special counsel.

"There's no debate that's going on here", Ryan said after a reporter asked about suggestions from Trump friends Ruddy and Newt Gingrich that Mueller could be axed. According to him, "only the President and his attorneys are authorized to comment" on the subject.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

It's one thing that US President Donald Trump abused his power and fired FBI Director #James Comey for investigating his ties to Russian Federation, which is technically obstruction of justice and might just get him impeached, but now the President's friend Christopher Ruddy says he's thinking of firing #Robert Mueller, too.

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the United States election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, with one friend of the president floating the possibility he could fire Mueller.

Mr Trump's friend, Mr Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, said on the Public Broadcasting Service's NewsHour programme that the President was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel".

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, said on Tuesday: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause".

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

After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, Mueller has had his impartiality as special counsel questioned by some Trump supporters in recent days. Gingrich, who only a few weeks ago called Mueller a "superb choice" with an "impeccable" reputation, tweeted on Monday: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

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. Sanders said that while Mr. Trump has the right to fire Mueller, he has no intention of doing so. "So I think the best advice will be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Rosenstein also said Sessions is not involved in the Russian Federation probe and has not been briefed on it since his recusal.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the move would be a "disaster" and, he added, "There's no reason to fire Mueller".

President Trump is known to value the element of surprise.

Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

Ruddy also pointed out, in an email to Politico, that he never said he had spoken to Trump personally on the matter. Ruddy's remarks came on the heels of Trump loyalists growing louder with their calls that Mueller should be removed from heading up the Russian Federation probe.

  • Larry Hoffman