White House Says Trump Won't Fire Special Counsel Leading Russia Probe

Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.

On Monday evening, Chris Ruddy, CEO of the right wing news website Newsmax and loyal friend of the president told PBS News Hour he believed Trump was weighing the option of firing Mueller.

Sources have told CNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.

Mueller was interviewed by the Justice Department and by the president for the director's position, according to a senior White House official.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday he would be "surprised" if President Trump fired Robert Mueller and encouraged him to allow the special counsel to "do his job independently".

Ruddy labeled Spicer's statement as a 'bizarre late night press release, ' saying it doesn't disprove Ruddy's claim that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller.

Gingrich tweeted, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. You're not the witness who should be behind that table".

"It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement", Rosenstein wrote.

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who is advising the White House on how to handle the investigation.

Rosenstein said he was also unaware of any "secret plan" to get rid of Mueller. He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, and he thought Mueller "ought to review that".

Shaheen then asked Rosenstein whether he had given Mueller full independence from the Justice Department to conduct the investigation.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

Democratic senators on the committee attempted to clarify the boundaries of Sessions' recusal, something they say is unclear. He is at the Senate committee and goes to the House one at 2 p.m. ET.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017, during a ceremony honoring the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Clemson University Tigers. "I never said I had a conversation", Ruddy said on CNN. On Monday, speculation was stoked that Trump was considering terminating Mueller, after a confidante of the president suggested it was under consideration. Rather than calling the President to tell him that, Ruddy took to a medium where he knew Trump would listen: TV. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

'I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently, ' Ruddy said. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

Rosenstein last month appointed a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. "Anything's possible", the deputy attorney general responded.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

Yet during the hearing, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen.

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