Paul Ryan Says Trump Should 'Let Robert Mueller Do His Job'

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(That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) on Tuesday called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, Robert Mueller. The Justice Department sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify about the budget instead.

The reports started when a friend of the president's, Chris Ruddy, told reporters that the president was considering Mueller's termination.

Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing. Coulter suggested that because Comey had testified that Trump hadn't been personally under investigation while he was FBI director, the objective of Mueller's commission "is now over".

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9.

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

Mr Rosenstein has also acknowledged that "theoretically" Mr Mueller could be removed from the position as special counsel, potentially undermining his investigation.

He said Trump phoned him Monday to share his concerns about where Mueller's investigation is going.

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"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said. And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.

Ruddy appears to have based his assessment on public comments made over the weekend by a member of Trump's personal legal team.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy tells Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Can Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller? "Look who he is hiring". His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.

Conservative news outlets have been working hard to discredit Mueller in recent days, citing what Fox News' Sean Hannity called his "massive conflict of interest"-a friendship with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey".

Meanwhile, a chorus of Trump supporters, from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to commentator Ann Coulter, is assailing Mueller's independence.

Later Tuesday, Rosenstein told a Senate panel that he would not follow an edict from Trump to fire Mueller unless he believed the order was "lawful and appropriate". But Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".

Ruddy later confirmed that he and the president hadn't discussed the matter personally.

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