Donald Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

The revised ban, which Trump has said repeatedly now is a "travel ban", has been stayed by two appellate courts - the Fourth Circuit was the first, last month - and the administration has sought a review by the Supreme Court, and this injunction is headed for it as well.

Gingrich noted that at least four members of Mueller's team had donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and groups, saying it's "time to rethink" Mueller's role.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Mueller has already served 12 years as Federal Bureau of Investigation director - two years longer than the 10-year term.

"I'm not a flak for the White House".

Speculation about whether Mueller would be removed was sparked on Monday after a friend of the president, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, said during an interview on PBS NewsHour that he thought Trump is "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so".

The startling assertion comes as some of Mr. Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mr. Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9.

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A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller.

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of firing Robert Mueller, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday, but she would not say whether the president had confidence in the special counsel in the Russian Federation probe.

But Stephen Gillers, a New York University professor who specializes in legal and judicial ethics, said the Mueller interview with Trump presented "no conflict whatsoever". He served 12 years as a Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

Rosenstein is the only person who can fire Mueller under current Justice Department regulations - though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause. Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the Trump campaign in February, a move that also provoked Trump's ire.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

However, another Republican, current House Speaker Paul Ryan, told reporters, "I think in the best case for the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on fairly and independently". He said he will fire Mueller only if there was a "good cause" for it, "it wouldn't matter to me what anybody said".

  • Megan Austin