'Trump is considering firing Mueller as special counsel'

'Trump is considering firing Mueller as special counsel'

Neither Trump nor Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered public support for Mueller.

Ruddy says that Spicer asked him to issue a follow-up statement or a tweet indicating that he never spoke to Trump about firing Mueller and so does not know first-hand that it is something the president is considering. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

"I appointed him and I believe it was the right decision and I'm going to stand by that", Rosenstein said.

With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated. Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he has "confidence" in Mueller. The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller.

Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Rosenstein offered his assurances as USA news accounts quoted Republican allies of Trump suggesting that the president is considering firing Mueller, whose appointment last month drew widespread praise from both Republicans and opposition Democrats.

"There's a lot of smoke and there's a lot of alarm bells going off", Ryan continued. Pressed on the issue Friday, he said, "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future".

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A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russian Federation probe.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.

But people close to Mr. Trump say he is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind about Mr. Mueller if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised. He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, which USA intelligence officials have said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor.

Donald Trump's longtime confidant Chris Ruddy-who heads the conservative website Newsmax-told PBS "News Hour" that the president is "weighing perhaps terminating the special counsel" following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I think it's a threat to the Trump presidency".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller's fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee occurred just hours before Sessions was to testify in a public hearing before another Senate panel about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of another Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey.

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