United States President Donald Trump is reportedly considering sacking Robert Mueller - the special independent counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in last year's USA election - according to a friend and close confidant to the President.
Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of conservative group Newsmax Media, Mr Ruddy was at the White House on Monday, but USA media reported that he did not meet Mr Trump while there. Mr Mueller's moves, however, indicate he does not share Mr Trump's view.
As billowing rumors that Donald Trump was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller engulfed Washington, temporarily overshadowing Tuesday's testimony at separate congressional hearings from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president stood before a gaggle of reporters at the White House and refused to confirm his support for Mueller, fueling the spiraling speculation with a calculated objective.
"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".
While the president's aides have sought to sow skepticism about Mueller, whom they interviewed about the possibility of returning to the FBI job the day before he accepted his position as special counsel, few have advocated his termination, reflecting the recognition that Trump's angry reactions to the congressional and FBI investigations now underway are imperiling his presidency.
Also keep in mind how personal the dispute between President Trump and Mueller's friend and former comrade has become.
Robert Mueller has come under attacks recently, with the Speaker of the House casting doubts over his credibility.
US President Donald Trump was reportedly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller from Russian Federation probe, even though he legally can't.
ROSENSTEIN: Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is back Tuesday on Capitol Hill for public hearings in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue". At least one, Newt Gingrich, has already called for Mueller to be removed - by Congress, however, not the president. "Comey admitted he leaked the memo to the New York Times, to the press, hoping it would bring about a special counsel which, by the way, turned out to be his best buddy, his BFF Robert Mueller".
Attorney general Jeff Sessions has already recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, leaving the personnel oversight to Rosenstein on this issue. That's why he didn't report Trump, as would have been legally obligated to if he believed the president had obstructed justice. Trump, who isn't typically shy about levelling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said. "Look who he is hiring". I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification, and even though - I mean, here you have a situation... "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment".
Whether Trump can tolerate a free-ranging investigation, directed by Mueller, that could raise questions about the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory, the topic that most sparks his rage, will be a critical test for a president who has continued on Twitter and elsewhere to flout the advice of his staff, friends, and legal team. During that time, they were partners in resisting the White House's efforts to obtain reauthorization of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program.