Gingrich on Mueller: Can't Trust Someone Who Only Hires Dems

Rosenstein said he is the individual who now has the authority to hire or fire Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the President Donald Trump's campaign.

Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel.

Under Justice Department rules, Mr Trump would have to order Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr Mueller.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

The pressing question of whether the president even has the authority to fire Mueller was addressed early Tuesday morning as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a different senate committee. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel about a week later. "I think there's a conflict there".

The top Justice Department official overseeing the investigation into Russian Federation also assured senators that Mueller has been granted complete independence to do his work.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the USA and declared it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

"There's no debate that's going on here", Ryan said after a reporter asked about suggestions from Trump friends Ruddy and Newt Gingrich that Mueller could be axed. "These investigations are important", Ryan said.

The second party Ruddy's message is aimed at is President Trump's political base: I'm mad, and I'm not going to take it anymore! "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

But hours later, former House Speaker and Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich again bounced up what appeared to be a trial balloon, saying those who believe that the investigation is going to be "neutral" and "professional" are "delusional", and calling special counsels "very unsafe". Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week.

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

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive". "You want to see this President in the express lane to impeachment, no ifs, ands or buts, then go for it".

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.

SESSIONS: But I'm not going to discuss any hypotheticals of what might be a factual situation in the future that I'm not aware of today. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification. Around the time of the hearing, Philip Rucker, the Washington Post's Washington, D.C., bureau chief, tweeted that Ruddy had informed him that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the Newsmax CEO "asking him to issue a statement saying he didn't talk to Trump about Mueller". He added, "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

Mueller was interviewed both by the Justice Department and by the president personally for the director's position, according to a senior White House official. But if President Trump or his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, wanted to eliminate Mueller, they could: The law that would've stopped them has expired.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

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