House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear he doesn't agree with some who are urging President Donald Trump to fire the Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Noted Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, reversed himself this week and began attacking Mueller as a vicious partisan whose hiring of Democratic loyalists as deputies has cast his impartiality into doubt.
Rosenstein explained how he interpreted Mueller's authority, the regulations governing the special counsel's office, and how he viewed his investigation so far.
But the White House has now admitted there were no tapes of their conversations after all. "I know Bob Mueller, and I have confidence in Bob Mueller", Ryan said.
Rosenstein is scheduled to testify today before both Senate and House subcommittees regarding the Justice Department's budget, and he is likely to be questioned about Mueller's status.
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"I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said.
"At the end of the day it's ill-advised even if the president could [fire Mueller]".
Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, based his Mueller comment on a television interview with one of Trump's lawyers. "This process has to play out because of what he did with [fired FBI director James] Comey and also calling for the investigation to end".
Even before Ruddy's remarks Monday, other prominent Republicans had been questioning Mueller's mandate and his fitness to carry it out.
Mueller was brought on to lead the probe into Russian election meddling after Trump fired Comey in May. That follows this week's high-profile Intelligence Committee hearing with embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I think it's a threat to the Trump presidency". A President's order, he pointed out, did not count as good cause.
"Mueller and Rod Rosenstein?".
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted about the claim, saying, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".