18 June, 2017
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein if he would fire Mueller if Trump asked him to.
"I think he's weighing that option", he said referring to Trump. "With respect to this subject, only the president [or] his attorneys are authorized to comment".
Session will also testify before the House later Tuesday, scheduled to discuss the department budget.
The former House speaker questioned whether Mueller's probe would be "fair", apparently given the campaign donations made by those hired to conduct the investigation - "time to rethink", Gingrich said. That appeared to include Gingrich, who until recently expressed support for Mueller's appointment on the grounds that it would alleviate pressure in the Russian Federation affair.
If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.
If true, that would make sense ... but Trump should tread carefully here.
They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.
The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.
But it is a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.More news: Afghan soldier kills to U.S. soldiers
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.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy told PBS NewsHour Monday night, though he went on to say he thinks, personally, it would be a bad idea.
Regarding Ruddy's comments, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr".
In 1973, there was such a firestorm following Nixon's move against Cox that the White House was forced to appoint another special prosecutor, Texas attorney Leon Jaworski.
"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.
At the same time, pressure has been building on the White House from the far right to fight back harder against Mueller as the Justice Department closes in on Trump and his inner circle. But Gingrich said that Mueller will only "annoy" but not "get Trump".
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said he didn't want to speculate on whether or not the president would fire Mueller.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on.
With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything related to the 2016 election, that authority would fall on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is standing behind Mueller. Trump reportedly told top Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that pressure is now taken off after firing Comey.
"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe that those are lawful and appropriate orders", Mr. Rosenstein said, adding: "If there were good cause, I would consider. I don't think he's really pondering it", Rep. Adam Kinzinger said.