17 June, 2017
Mueller was appointed special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey early last month.
"I think he's weighing that option", he said referring to Trump.
The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come.
Rosenstein, who has the sole ability to fire Mueller given that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters relating to the investigation, told the panel he had seen no evidence of good cause for letting Mueller go and that he would not follow any theoretical order to fire him absent such evidence.
Schiff told CNN's Anderson Cooper if Mueller was ousted, Congress would have to re-establish the Independent Counsel Act that expired following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.
"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", he tweeted.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".More news: Apple takes the iMac Pro with Xeons and Radeon Vega graphics
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough reacted with complete dismay to Gingrich's conspiracy spouting, and called the former House speaker "grotesque" for attacking Mueller, whom he noted is an American hero.
Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.
Going even further was Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, who suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich responded to the shooting at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday by saying it was "part of a pattern" of behavior on the left.
Ruddy was at the White House today to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. Dismissing the prospect of Mueller being fired as rumor, Ryan added that his "best advice" would be to let him do his job.
A person close to Trump's legal team said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller with the legal team.
But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel. For the record, Comey testified under oath last week there is NO EVIDENCE of collusion despite 10 months of FBI investigations.