Mr. Trump, Ruddy said, "was looking at [Mueller] potentially to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director". Gen. Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation connected with the election. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.
Democrat Adam Schiff, a high-ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said if Trump were fired, Congress would bring him right back as independent counsel. Firing him would breathe new life into accusations that Trump was trying to interfere in the probe.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.
"Does Trump think Mueller needs this paycheck to meet a auto payment or something?"
Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job. "Ruddy has told friends that he went public with the Mueller story, in part, to prevent Mr. Trump from making a rash decision".
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who said he spoke with Trump on Monday night, raised questions about the fairness of the Mueller-led probe. And the charge of obstruction rests only on Comey's claim that he felt pressured by Trump to drop the Michael Flynn probe. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he would only consider dismissing Robert Mueller if there was good cause.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he consults with a career ethics official when questions arise about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Chris Ruddy told PBS's Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour".
Mueller, who was appointed to oversee the investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job, but Trump was not pleased.
"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said. I want to know how he believes he can credibly lead the Justice Department for which he has requested $28.3 billion amid such distressing questions about his actions and his integrity.
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