Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

Report Donald Trump is considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller

The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing. Scott, confidants of the President say this presents yet another conflict for Mueller. We don't know if it's going to happen or if it won't happen. He could either ask Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire him, or, if Rosentein refuses, repeal the regulations that govern the appointment and fire him himself-a scenario that would echo Nixon's notorious Saturday Night Massacre. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein what he would do if the president asked him to fire Mueller.

"I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel", the former House speaker said.

"The attorney general is still responsible for answering critical questions from this committee, " Shaheen said.

While the White House has denied any intention to fire Mueller, close associates of Trump, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, are increasingly criticizing the Russian Federation probe as too "political".

SHAHEEN: And have you given the special counsel full independence from the Justice Department to conduct his investigation?

Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".

Politico's Josh Dawsey tweeted, "White House officials are trying to tamp down Chris Ruddy's TV comments about Trump possibly firing Mueller".

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

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

The two of them proceeded to debate the past comments about the investigation from Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as well as James Comey's leaking of his own memos to the media.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full-scale obstruction investigation.

The new talk about dismissing Mr Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that Trump called him Monday night because of Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.

"Don't you think it is unethical for him to become the investigator against the President after having that private conversation? And I'm not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do".

"I never said I spoke to the President", he added. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.