White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

"You're suggesting that in the entire country there are no Republican attorneys that Mueller might have hired", he added, "I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him".

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. It has been suggested that Ruddy based his judgement on comments made over the weekend by members of Trump's personal legal team.

"I am not at liberty to talk about that now, and the reason for that is that if it is within the scope of Director Mueller's investigation. we don't want people talking publicly about open investigations", he said. He was bolstered by Republican Peter Wehner, an adversary of Trump, who described the idea of firing Mueller as "a very Trumpian tactic". "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said. The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month's firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Other Trump allies oppose the investigation through a thread of interlinked objections: that Meuller's probe is unnecessary, that he is hiring an assemblage of biased attorneys who have donated to the Democrats in the past, and that his close relationship with Comey is compromising.

Sessions, who had been slated to testify before the Senate budget panel, will appear later Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Aides for Donald Trump think the president "shot himself in the foot" by firing James Comey and ultimately triggering the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Daily Beast reports.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the Executive Mansion that day, but said he hadn't met with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions
But 15 percent of Republicans hold a positive view of Russian Federation , 45 percent a negative view, and 40 percent are neutral. The survey , conducted by the public opinion research firm YouGov, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.83 percentage points.

At a Senate appropriations committee hearing, Rosenstein hinted - without confirming directly - that Mueller's investigation could probe deep into Trump's White House.

Despite Spicer distancing the White House from Ruddy's allegations, Trump does have the power to sack Mueller. If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire Rosenstein.

"I don't think Newt said that", Graham told reporters.

Other Trump supporters homed in on the sequence of Mueller's job interviews. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

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