White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

Report Donald Trump is considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller

He told senators during a committee hearing that there would have to be "good cause" for Mueller to be removed from his role.

Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, has gone so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now due to testifyon the matter before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

He has always been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, with many lawmakers praising Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's pick.

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.

The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision.

In the letter Trump sent to Comey informing him that he was being fired, the president wrote that he had received memos from Sessions and Rosenstein "recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The White House has denied those claims.

"What they have said is, and what I've heard from everybody is, the president didn't speak to him on this matter and he doesn't speak for the president". Sessions has recused himself from the investigation. Ruddy, however, did not meet with the president that evening as their meeting was postponed, NBC News reported.

Firing Comey and then Mueller would leave Trump with the reputation of a man who will keep dismissing anyone serious about conducting an honest investigation.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, and both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said President Donald Trump should not interfere with Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia probe.

"Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel". Ruddy seemed to derive his assessment at least in part from comments Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal, made over the weekend on ABC News' "This Week".

Mr Sessions was revealed to have met the Russian ambassador twice past year, meetings that he did not indicate during the Senate confirmation hearing approving his appointment. I never said that the President told me. The attorney general, Elliot Richardson, resigned rather than doing so, putting the onus on deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus, who also chose to resign.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on June 6 that he had "not discussed" whether Trump felt comfortable with Mueller as special counsel.

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