The plea comes days after NewsMax CEO Chris Ruddy, a close friend of Trump, said in interviews that the president was considering ousting Mueller, who was appointed last month to lead the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"You can't exclude the possibility [of Mueller's dismissal], but I think it's just a way of raising doubts about this man who's well respected on both sides of the aisle". What's more, in order to accomplish that wrecking operation, the president would probably have to fire Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who entrusted the Russian Federation investigation to Mueller after Atty. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment".
"Notwithstanding reports that the special counsel has launched an inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice, the early returns also suggest the absence of any Oval Office criminality, even with the unsettling use of Trump Tower business methods where they don't belong", Starr wrote.
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel.
Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign.
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Mr Ruddy has also accused Mr Mueller of a conflict of interest, revealing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was a candidate to replace Mr Comey and was interviewed by Mr Trump only days before he was appointed as special independent counsel.
"(Mueller) will be closely watched", Starr writes.
But by Sunday, Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow refused to promise that the president would not fire Mueller.
"Time to rethink", he tweeted Monday, citing Mueller's hiring decisions and Comey's admission that he'd instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he'd taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.
Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon's firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that "third-rate burglary", a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?
The topic of the 2 p.m. ET hearing is the Justice Department's budget.