Ruddy says that Spicer asked him to issue a follow-up statement or a tweet indicating that he never spoke to Trump about firing Mueller and so does not know first-hand that it is something the president is considering.
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, who is close friends with President Trump, lashed out Tuesday at White House press secretary Sean Spicer and the communications team over a disagreement about whether the president might look to squash a special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
According to the paper, Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.
Four other US Congress committees are also investigating. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy and it's unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.
"The FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team.
Trump has disputed Comey's account of the conversation about Flynn as inaccurate, although his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a frequent defender of his father's White House performance, seemed to confirm the gist of it.
The NSA said in statement that it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel", and declined to comment further.
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Investigators will also look for any statements the president may have made publicly and privately to people outside the government about his reasons for firing Comey and his concerns about the Russian Federation probe and other related investigations, people familiar with the matter said. The President has stressed he was not under investigation, and has taken to Twitter to dismiss the entire investigation as a hoax.
Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.
Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, which United States intelligence officials have said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor.
His testimony comes less than a week after Comey said during his own appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he felt Trump had violated the normal separation of criminal investigations from White House oversight by urging him to end the investigation into Russia's activities.
Asked about the Comey memo, Burr said the committee got "clarity" on whether it can obtain the document, but he would not say whether that means the committee will receive it.
Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.
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