White House spokesperson Sean Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesperson for Trump and he had not met the President during his visit to the White House on Monday.
“I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that’s what he would want to have happen”, Ryan told conservative commentator Guy Benson.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller’s fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. The White House has denied those claims.
Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I’m required to put that cause in writing. “I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president’s judgment that remains over here”, Senator Dianne Feinstein said.
“Firing special prosecutors tends not to work as we all learned from Watergate”, Starr said in an interview on “GMA”, adding that “it would be very wise to allow the special counsel to do his work”.
If Trump orders Rosenstein to fire Mueller and Rosenstein complies, the position of a special counsel would remain vacant, until – or unless – Rosenstein appoints another one.
Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of PBS, “I think he’s weighing that option”. Although Ryan did not say such a Trump move would be unacceptable, his endorsement of Mueller was one of the few times the speaker has sent such a preemptive message to the administration since Trump became president. Brian Schatz, describing Sessions’ recusal beyond a broad statement that he would not be involved in matters arising from the 2016 election, according to reports.
Ruddy emphasized that he thinks firing Mueller would be “a significant mistake” but also that he thinks there is no justification for a special counsel in the first place.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy’s remarks.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday he had confidence in Mueller, and dismissed reports that Trump might fire Mueller as “rumors”. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can “all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto”.
Now Mr. Gingrich has been joined in this chorus by a Trump confidant and golf-buddy, the President of Newsmax, who says the President is contemplating firing 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.
In contrast, Mr Sessions said that he had agreed with Mr Comey about the need for proper communications protocol between the White house and justice officials.
USA attorney general Jeff Sessions has said that any suggestion of collusion between him and Russian Federation is “an appalling and detestable lie”, as he appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington.
“No, I have not”, Rosenstein answered.