Robert Mueller is a man of integrity with a long record of public service.
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. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.
A key Trump supporter, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, said, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".
But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "Chris speaks for himself". Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors.
Rosenstein offered his assurances as US news accounts quoted Republican allies of Trump suggesting that the president is considering firing Mueller, whose appointment last month drew widespread praise from both Republicans and opposition Democrats. Yet if there's one thing about Trump that truly defines him, it's that he doesn't believe the rules apply to him, that he can bluster his way past any business or cultural or political norm.More news: Kohli turns off social media ahead of Pakistan clash
Trump, however, lacks the legal authority to directly fire Mueller.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr Mueller, declined to comment on Mr Ruddy's remarks.
Mueller and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Comey was deputy attorney general. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR.
Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion. Mr Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mr Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.
If Trump didn't want to do this, he'd still have other ways to get rid of Mueller.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.More news: Why Trump can not fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller
US President Donald Trump is supposedly thinking about dismissing Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the Department of Justice to lead the Russian Federation probe, according to Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of the president and Newsmax CEO.
President Trump might be encouraged that Republicans in Congress have reacted with a yawn to these suggestions about Trump possibly firing Mueller. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ), who have either expressed confidence in Mueller, or concern at talk of Trump dismissing him.
Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.
Starr's op-ed follows comments he made on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning in which he said there is now no obstruction of justice case against Trump, based on the evidence that has been made public so far.
"In this kind of environment, I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who can only hire Democrats, but claims that we ought to trust him", Gingrich said of Mueller on the June 13 "CBS This Morning" broadcast.More news: United Kingdom names third attacker as criticism of police cuts grows
"James Comey's relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller is a massive conflict of interest", Hannity said.
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