Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Justice Department's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's election, will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".
Chief executive of the conservative Newsmax media, Christopher Ruddy, has told PBS Television that Mr Trump is weighing the possibility of sacking Mr Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was appointed as special counsel on May 17. The obstruction of justice investigation started a few days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey last month, the Post reports, and officials are also looking into possible financial crimes committed by Trump associates.
Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe. Though Ruddy was at the White House earlier in the day, those aides said he did not meet with Trump, but White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former conservative media leader himself. He is nearly certain to be asked about the possibility of the president firing Mueller.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter also called for the firing of the special counsel, tweeting, "Now that we know Trump is not under investigation, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said simply: "Chris speaks for himself". ADVERTISEMENT "I think it's pretty straightforward", Mudd said Friday on CNN. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.
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On Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that Trump technically "cannot obstruct justice" because he is the president. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters Thursday that Rosenstein shouldn't recuse himself .
She, further, insisted that Sessions should fire Mueller, now that the President is not under investigation.
Just weeks ago, Mr Gingrich heaped praise on Mr Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".
"There's some real conflicts", Ruddy said.
They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.
After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".