Trump Friend Says President Weighing Firing Counsel Probing Russia Ties

"He is being advised by many people not to do it", the source said.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation and is testifying Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month and has the authority to remove him, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.

Rosenstein, who was speaking before the senate appropriations committee because Sessions has recused himself from all matters related to the Russian Federation investigation, said that only he has the authority in the justice department to fire Mueller and that he would do so only if the president's orders are "lawful and appropriate".

He served two additional years beyond his 10-year term, to ensure stability during a transition period in President Obama's national security team.

He is now contradicting his statement about Mueller, whom he described as a "super choice to be special counsel" and his "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity". There is another path Trump could take, says Yale law professor Akhil Amar. Check fec [Federal Election Commission] reports.

- Jeannie Rhee contributed $16,450 to Democrats from 2008 to 2016.

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. "Don't waste our time", Mueller tweeted in response to Ruddy's claim.

Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong.

Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly?

On Monday night, American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan said that Ruddy's comments which claimed Trump might terminate Mueller caused "mass hysteria" in the White House.

"With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", he continued.

Meanwhile, a chorus of Trump supporters, from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to commentator Ann Coulter, is assailing Mueller's independence.

Ruddy sparked a media firestorm on Monday when he told the "PBS NewsHour" that Trump is considering firing Mueller.

Several theories abound so far.

Collins' question was prompted by recent media reports that Mueller's role leading the DOJ's Russian Federation investigation could be in jeopardy.

Gingrich added that those who believe the investigation is going to be "neutral" and "professional" are "delusional".

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