White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

The Latest Ryan says Trump should let Mueller do his job

"The people in the administration were quick to reach out to me and say Chris Ruddy doesn't speak for this administration", he said.

Ruddy, who is a friend of the president's, said on PBS Monday, "I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel..." The normative acts of the Ministry of Justice state that a special counsel can be dismissed by the Prosecutor General on motivated grounds. Comey himself said when he testified before the Senate last week that he was "sure" that Mueller's investigation would look into a potential obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump.

Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein was praised for the Mueller appointment. The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". "I think it is", Ruddy said.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking if Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Mueller, who served as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by the Justice Department in May to investigate possible coordination between Trump's associates and Russian officials. Ruddy, however, did not meet with the president that evening as their meeting was postponed, NBC News reported.

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During an NBC interview days later, Trump admitted that his frustration over the ongoing Russian Federation probe played a role in his decision to fire Comey.

Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.

US President Donald Trump was reportedly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller from Russian Federation probe, even though he legally can't.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House.

The discussion on Mueller's investigation came after some of Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - began questioning whether the wide-ranging probe is becoming too political.

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- Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair.

Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesman for Trump.

Mr Sessions was revealed to have met the Russian ambassador twice past year, meetings that he did not indicate during the Senate confirmation hearing approving his appointment.

"Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.

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