And it was Rosenstein who appointed Mueller in the first place. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added. Trump can rescind the regulation that establishes the burden of "good cause" for such a firing, or he could simply fire Rosenstein and install someone more to his liking.
"I think he's weighing that option, " Ruddy said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour. "Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result".
Meanwhile, Mr Gingrich, also on Twitter, said: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". It is not enough to launch an investigation to find out if Donald Trump committed one of these crimes.
The comment came in response to questions from Democratic Sen.
A person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday that it is "unlikely" he will fire Mueller, but acknowledged that it is often hard to predict Trump's behavior.
Mr Trump can not directly dismiss Mr Mueller. After responding that he had not, Rosenstein reassured Shaheen of his confidence in the process.
The special counsel, who reports to the attorney general, serves at the pleasure of the president.
Apart from Rosenstein and Sessions, the only confirmed Justice official is Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general, whom the Senate approved on a party-line vote.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said he didn't want to speculate on whether or not the president would fire Mueller. "I think the way the investigation is shaping up, he's out to get the president".
Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table".
United States President Donald Trump is reportedly considering sacking Robert Mueller - the special independent counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in last year's USA election - according to a friend and close confidant to the President.
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.
Trump's allies have also begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.
Gingrich noted the congressional testimony last week of James Comey, whom Trump fired May 8 as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who acknowledged that he had leaked his own memos of his conversations with Trump to force the appointment of an independent counsel.
The president sacked Comey in early May.
"The attorney general is the one who has to fire him", said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on "Anderson Cooper 360". Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.
Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
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