Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

“Look the President of the United States as we all know is a unitary executive,” Jay Sekulow said

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Ruddy's statement, saying he does not speak for the president. In a volley of hostility, last week media personality Rush Limbaugh took to the radio endorsing the suggestion for Trump to fire Mueller.

CNN's April Ryan on Monday described "mass hysteria" in the White House over concerns the president is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.

A personal friend of the President, Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, suggested the president was thinking about sacking Mueller. "He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family", Ruddy said on PBS.

Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: "Double dare exists".

Legal experts say that only a Justice official who has been confirmed by the Senate, as Bork had been, would have the authority to fire Mueller.

Here's why. According to the rules, technically only the attorney general can fire a special counsel. "If there were good cause, I would consider it; if there weren't good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody said". We don't have to believe former FBI Director James Comey's account of Trump's threats and blandishments. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said. Ronald Reagan appointed him as United States attorney for Massachusetts, George H.W. Bush appointed him an assistant attorney general, and George W. Bush as deputy attorney general and then later Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork.

At the same time, pressure has been building on the White House from the far right to fight back harder against Mueller as the Justice Department closes in on Trump and his inner circle. If Rosenstein declined, the task would then fall to acting solicitor general Jeffrey Wall.

Comey leaked those memos because Trump was trying to get a legitimate and important investigation ended, a clear case of corruption. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. Let's not forget what this is originally all about. "Russian Federation is trying to meddle into our elections", House Speaker Paul Ryan said today in an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt Show".

He called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS.

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

He explained how reforms were prompted by the never-ending, ever-expanding probe into Bill Clinton, which began with an examination of land trades in Arkansas and ended in an impeachment and national drama over Monica Lewinsky's blue dress.

It's hardly unusual for a president and special prosecutor to be at war.

Starr on Monday called Mueller "a great man" who is "honest as the day is long" and has a "great, great team of complete professionals".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "extraordinarily unwise". A senior White House official confirmed that the President had interviewed Mr Mueller for the FBI post in the Oval Office the day before Mr Rosenstein tapped him to be the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

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