(Congressional Republicans were quick to agree, with Representative Mark Sanford calling the idea of firing Mueller "a form of political suicide", while House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job.") White House spokespeople didn't dispute Ruddy's claim, saying only that he "speaks for himself", which made it sound like Trump might be insane enough to get rid of Mueller just weeks after the suspicious dismissal of James Comey.
Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.
In the interview with PBS, Ruddy called out what he described as "conflicts" surrounding Mueller's law firm, WilmerHale, which has represented Trump's former campaign manager and members of the Trump family.
Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the President Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though President Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe. Ruddy said Tuesday that he stands by his comments.
If Mueller is fired by Trump, Schiff said, Congress will simply re-establish the independent counsel law and put Mueller in the position.
SHAHEEN: At this point, have you seen any evidence of good cause for firing of special counsel Mueller?
Those words don't mean Mueller won't be dismissed, it just makes it's less likely.
VEGA: That after his close friend Chris Ruddy, a conservative media mogul and ABC News contributor, said the President is indeed contemplating firing the man leading the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come.
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Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement. Scalise, 51, was in dire condition when he was first shot, but internal bleeding is under control and the prognosis is positive.
"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.
Another White House official told the Daily Beast it would "suicide" for Trump to get rid of the special counsel. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.
McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".
The White House has denied that President Trump is considering firing Mueller. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was put in charge of the Russian Federation probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, made the announcement May 18.
"From the people that I've talked to, both Republicans and Democrats, there seems to be a mutual respect", said Walker.
One would think that history would be enough to persuade Trump that firing Mueller is a road he doesn't want to travel.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, Rosenstein is the acting attorney general overseeing Mueller's probe.
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