Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

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He called because "I have been very clear" about Mr Mueller and the lawyers he has hired amounting to a "rigged game", Mr Gingrich said in an interview with news channel CBS. However, Ruddy also emphasized that he did not think the president would be wise in dismissing Mueller, especially since there has been a lot of negative buzz in the media regarding the lack of justification from Trump when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Ruddy said Mueller has some "conflicts" because his former law firm, Wilmer Hale, also represents Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner.

He said Trump could even order the special-counsel regulations repealed and fire Mueller himself. A longtime friend, Christopher Ruddy, surfaced the president's thinking in a television interview Monday night, setting off a frenzied day of speculation that he would go through with it.

Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the ranking member on the House intelligence committee, said not long after the report was made public that, should Mueller be dismissed, Congress would appoint Mueller to lead an independent probe.

"I don't think Newt said that", Graham told reporters.

Mueller has wide authority to look into matters related to Russian election meddling, including collusion with Trump operatives, financial links between Trump and Russia, and Trump's possible efforts to obstruct the inquiry. Nixon directed his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire Cox, but they refused and resigned.

"With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify today in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

But he said: "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake".

"I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that's what he would want to have happen", Ryan told conservative commentator Guy Benson.

However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe. Muller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Trump could order Rosenstein to fire him or he could order that regulations that govern the appointment be repealed and then fire Mueller himself.

Rosenstein was asked about it and answered this way, "You have my assurance that Director Muller will have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct the investigation". "I know. I wrote the rules".

Mueller and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Comey was deputy attorney general. The president responded by saying Comey did not tell the truth.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller.

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