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Newt Gingrich changes his mind about Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller

18 Juin 2017

The Deputy Attorney General also said he would not follow any orders to fire special counsel Mueller unless there is a good reason and the orders are lawful.

"I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said.

President Donald Trump may consider firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

"No, I have not", he said.

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget. Comey told Congress last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

Rosenstein handed the reigns of the investigation over to Mueller last month not long after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, cutting short his 10-year term.

Trump confidant: 'I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel'
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee , reacted to Ruddy's interview on Twitter. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

A source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", deputy White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Trump meant to fire Mueller. Read Also: Trump to announce Cuban policy next weekSeveral lawmakers came out in support of Mueller. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.

But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.

"Chris Ruddy speaks for himself", Spicer said. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment". He said Trump is "actually pretty confident" that "ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is all going to go away".

Gingrich's comments mark an apparent change of heart, as he previously tweeted his overwhelming support of Mueller, once calling him a "superb choice".