No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

He said Trump had called him Monday night and the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.

Thus, a Trump attempt to fire Mueller could play out in a variety of ways, depending on the reaction of the Justice Department.

Rosenstein said, "This may well be within the scope of the Special Counsel's investigation so I'm limited in what I can say about it", referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's possible ties to the Trump campaign and their effect on November's election.

"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.

"I think he's weighing that option", Mr Ruddy said.

Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".

The op-ed comes just days after a friend claimed that President Donald Trump was considering firing the special counsel. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Many speculate that Rosenstein would likely resign if asked to fire Mueller, though are uncertain as to what would happen next.

Manchin: "And who would appoint your replacement as your position right now, deputy attorney general?" "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". He said those concerns included the interview for the Federal Bureau of Investigation post and connections between Mr Mueller's law firm and White House officials.

During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation.

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"No, I have not", he said. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

But behind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump's interactions.

His comments appeared to take the White House by surprise.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the move would be a "disaster" and, he added, "There's no reason to fire Mueller". Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.

Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.

Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place. Rosenstein had gone before the Committee's Senate counterpart earlier in the day.