Republicans say firing Mueller would be an 'extraordinarily unwise' 'disaster'

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"I think that Mueller shouldn't have taken the position", Ruddy said, "if he was under consideration and had a private conversation with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau".

Gingrich, however, worries. Trump called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the USA elections.

As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, whether a history of political donations would prohibit someone from being involved in the investigation.

"I regret that I do not", Rosenstein said. "I think it is", Ruddy said.

Graham disagreed with part of Rosenstein's conclusion.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that a history of political giving is not a disqualifier for those who work for the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in USA elections.

"I said that the President was indeed considering that". She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

"If there were good cause, I would consider it". I never said that the President told me. The Justice Department sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify about the budget instead.

In what is sure to ignite another firestorm of debate in polarized Washington, a longtime friend of President Trump said Monday night that Trump is "weighing" whether to dismiss Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about. It's unclear whether the president could override those rules and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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