AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

"I think he's weighing that option", Mr Ruddy said.

The idea that Mueller is unfit to investigate a Republican administration because he served alongside Comey as a high-level appointee in the previous Republican administration is too ridiculous for York to outright endorse, so instead he frames his article as a reporting mission in which he consults with experts on the question of whether or not there's a conflict of interest. Sessions would then turn to Rod Rosenstein and tell him to fire Mueller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.

In response, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee said Tuesday that Congress would not sit still if Trump chose to fire the special counsel.

CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013.

"He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said on CBS This Morning. But as prosecutors sometimes say about those under investigation: We may not know what he did wrong, but he does.

In the case of, for example, his still-secret tax returns and personal finances, Trump has decided that the cover-up is the wiser path - and it's certainly possible he'll reach the same conclusion with regard to Mueller.

But the president's allies have since changed their opinion, calling for Mueller to be removed as the special counsel, stating that he shares a close friendship with Comey for the last 15 years.

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.", he said.

"Gingrich praised Mueller for his "impeccable" reputation, and "honesty and integrity", adding the "[media] should calm down".

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Mueller has been criticized by some Republicans who suggest he may have a conflict of interest because of his close relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein during an open Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing what he would do if Trump asked him to fire Mueller.

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

When reached by Fox News after the remarks, Ruddy said, "while I am not claiming the president said it to me, I am confident of my sourcing".

"I think we're in a different world", Gingrich said. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

Ruddy was at the White House on Monday but did not meet with the president, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. "Don't waste our time".

The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems". "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".

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