Donald Trump is considering firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating if Russian Federation colluded in last year's bitter election campaign, a friend of the U.S. president said Monday, June 12, 2017.
"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe that those are lawful and appropriate orders", Mr. Rosenstein said, adding: "If there were good cause, I would consider".
"I think that he should be more cognizant of making sure that the people who come to work with him are non-partisan, for his own credibility", Bennett said of Mueller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recused from the Russian Federation investigation and can't either.
On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein named Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe and possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.
Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign.
"So we're getting echoes of Richard Nixon in the Saturday Night Massacre where they would have to go deep into the Justice Department to find someone who would do such a pernicious and despicable act of firing Mueller", he continued.
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that he had confidence in Mueller and called reports that Trump might fire Mueller "rumors".
Pundits also noticed that Trump confidante Newt Gingrich had publicly denounced Mueller, and said that he couldn't be trusted to run an independent investigation, even though he had lauded him when he was first chosen.
On Tuesday, Rosenstein also indicated his conversations with Sessions prior to Comey's dismissal could be a part of Mueller's probe.
Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.
"Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel". Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN.