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

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Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

The latest? Trump is reportedly considering whether to fire recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller - the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was tasked last month with investigating the Russian Federation matter.

Some of President Donald Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

Asked about it on ABC this weekend, Jay Sekulow said that if there were a serious basis for it, the president would be allowed: "Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes".

Statements made by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy set off many new questions Monday night. He fired Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of NY who had investigative authority over some aspects of Trump's business, after trying to ascertain his loyalty. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

But Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the President who attended meetings Monday at the White House, was the one who revealed that the issue was being discussed.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

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In the PBS interview, Ruddy said Trump had considered replacing Comey with Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to".

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

President Trump is said to be weighing the ouster of Mueller.

. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen.

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.

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Ruddy told Woodruff that Trump was optimistic after the Comey hearing and "generally felt he had won a victory".

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.

"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said. "Look who he is hiring".

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue", Spicer said.

Meanwhile, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said he would only fire special counsel Robert Mueller if the request was "lawful and appropriate".

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