ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE President Donald Trump has the right to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible ties to the Trump campaign, but has no plans to do so, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
Mueller's investigative team has expanded in recent weeks.
Coats, who said last week that he would be willing to discuss such matters in a closed setting, is set to speak with members of the committee in a closed session on Thursday, according to NBC news.
The White House has been inconsistent with its public messaging about the dismissal - initially saying Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey's management of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but then the president himself said he had made up his mind prior to receiving the recommendations from the two top lawyers at the Department of Justice.
Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR's Carrie Johnson, "We'll decline to comment".
Conservative media, led by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy, have suggested that the interview shows Mueller has a conflict in his special counsel investigation.
White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the Executive Mansion that day, but said he hadn't met with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.
President Trump visits Scalise, other shooting victims at hospital
Brooks said even after one of the officers was wounded, he limped toward the outfield in an attempt to help Scalise. As far as that game they were practicing for, it's set to go on as planned on Thursday.
Trump's legal team quickly denounced the story.
NPR reported on Friday that Mueller was being considered to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being named special counsel.
Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.
Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel denounced the Post report and called it unfounded, claiming it "changes nothing". The interview was first reported by PBS. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".
Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.
"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders said when asked whether Trump was considering the move.
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