The Department of Justice appointed Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation investigation in May after the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
In his interview Ruddy claimed Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel.
It is in this environment of slavish sycophancy that the rumor that Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller, an otherwise unthinkable attack on the independence of the Justice Department, quickly gained currency, igniting a Monday evening media firestorm.
Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.
Trump's attorney took to ABC News to say he wouldn't "speculate" on whether or not Trump would fire Mueller.
"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".
Until someone proves otherwise, we will continue to view the whole "Russia hacked the election" narrative as fiction - the latest in a coordinated establishment effort to derail the populist insurgency that swept into our nation's capital earlier this year.
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The Code of Federal Regulations stipulates that the attorney general alone has the authority to appoint or to remove a special counsel.
But he did note Tuesday morning in an email to Politico that a subsequent statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer "doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller" and that Ruddy never claimed to have spoken with Trump about Mueller. "With respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".
Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify today in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.
Asked about criticisms that some of the members of Mueller's team and his ability to conduct fair investigation, Ryan said he didn't know the team but said, "I know Bob Mueller".
"The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".
After all, the current version of Special Counsel was created under the Clinton administration, with the rules drafted by Janet Reno's Justice Department to put distance between the White House and Justice.
While Trump as president would be within his right to fire Mueller, that potential move is largely seen as problematic for a president already plagued by suggestions he have overstepped his boundaries in his interactions with Comey. Sessions would then turn to Rod Rosenstein and tell him to fire Mueller.
Comey said that by leaking the memo, he had hoped to prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation probe. He wants the President to fire Mueller and wants a political fight against the very idea of special prosecutors.
A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller. Should Rosenstein refuse, Trump could ask him to resign or fire him and direct his successor to fire Mueller.
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 advises the White House on how to handle the probe.