It's one thing that US President Donald Trump abused his power and fired FBI Director #James Comey for investigating his ties to Russian Federation, which is technically obstruction of justice and might just get him impeached, but now the President's friend Christopher Ruddy says he's thinking of firing #Robert Mueller, too.
In his latest flagrant slap to the face of American rule of law, Donald Trump has reportedly considered firing special investigator Robert Mueller, apparently for the mere fact that he is investigating Donald Trump.
Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel. Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said.
Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
Republicans in Congress are also shaking off the notion that Trump could fire Mueller.
Rosenstein also said that having made political contributions "is not a disqualification" from working for the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.
Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.
He said he doubts Mueller can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation. Rosenstein said he hadn't.
Appearing before the senate appropriations sub-committee in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Rosenstein said that Mr Mueller would be given the independence needed to do his job. Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.
Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.
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. He said that campaign donations to Democrats don't present a conflict of interest but that previous work with the Clinton Foundation and for the Clintons might.
The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. If accurate, the report would also indicate Trump still has no understanding of the position the appointment of a special counsel has placed him in.
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.