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Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

He accused former FBI Director of manipulating the Russian Federation probe in order to effectuate the appointment of a special counsel, and he called on Congress to dismiss the special counsel altogether.

"That means half of the devices that we encounter in terrorism cases, in counterintelligence cases, in gang cases, in child pornography cases, can not be opened with any technique", Mr. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the US elections. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him, and order the solicitor general, who would be next in line in the order of succession, to give Mueller the boot. "I think we've been about as active you can possibly be and at a just about record-setting pace", he said.

During a Sunday television appearance on ABC News' "This Week", Jay Sekulow said he was "not going to speculate" on whether the president might order the firing of Mueller.

Trump also had other issues on his mind on Tuesday as reflected in his tweets, the Russian Federation probe among them, as he sought to deflect attention towards Hillary Clinton and the investigation into her use of a private email server that came up during fired FBI director James Comey's testimony last week.

Recently, members of the right-wing media began suggesting the president fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with investigating the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation. Mueller's inquiry may also now include questions about whether Trump tried to influence the FBI investigation. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. Ruddy said this shortly after visiting the White House, it should be noted, which suggests that it didn't come out of nowhere.

But Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists 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.

Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, tweeted on Monday (Tuesday NZT), "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

"Time to rethink", he tweeted, citing Mueller's hiring decisions and Comey's admission that he'd instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he'd taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.

"Can you think of one thing that Trump could do worse than fire Bob Mueller?" "It would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become a prosecutor of a person he may be investigating".

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said there's no reason to keep Mueller because Comey confirmed that Trump wasn't under investigation, while radio host Mark Levin wrote on Facebook that "Mueller must step aside". Brian Schatz about the scope of Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein said Sessions "actually does not know what we're investigating, and I'm not going to be talking about it publicly".

"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker. "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".


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