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Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

In a series of statements on Twitter Thursday, Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

Ruddy told ABC News that he stands by his comments that the president is considering asking Rosenstein to terminate Mueller. As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. 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.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said.

Added Collins: It would "certainly be an extraordinarily unwise move".

The New York Times reports that Trump has been mulling over the idea of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller since he was first appointed, but that his senior staff has so far managed to talk him out of doing it on the basis of the political fallout if he did. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller's fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"Mr Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue,"White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later".

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.

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The op-ed comes just days after a friend claimed that President Donald Trump was considering firing the special counsel.

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.

"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him.

Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.

If Rosenstein refused (which he would have to do through resignation), then Trump could continue to "go down the line" at the Justice Department until he finds someone willing to obey his order to fire Mueller.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.