Donald Trump has no intention of firing Robert Mueller: White House

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Gingrich, though, ominously predicted that Mueller's team will "find some poor person like Scooter Libby", who Gingrich said "did nothing wrong" during the Valerie Plame investigation but "ended up going to jail" when the independent counsel tried to flip him to get to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Newsmax chief executive and Trump confidant Christopher Ruddy took to PBS in an interview that aired Monday evening to say he thought Trump was "considering perhaps terminating" the recently appointed Mueller.

"I think he's weighing that option", he said referring to Trump.

Kayla Tausche of spotted Ruddy leaving the White House Monday morning before making the news. "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One flying back from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

He said he changed his mind because of Comey's admitted leaking, the "close" Comey-Mueller relationship and because Mueller is hiring "partisans".

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy continued, "even though I don't think there's a justification ... for a special counsel in this case".

"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.", he said.

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Russia's cyberattack on the USA electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in nearly twice as many states as previously reported.

Collins' question was prompted by recent media reports that Mueller's role leading the DOJ Russia investigation could be in jeopardy.

Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job. "I think it'd be a disaster".

The CNN report, which cited Federal Election Commission records, said that $56,000 had been donated to Democratic candidates by three of the five attorneys known to be hired by Mueller to handle the Russian election interference investigation. "You have to look at everything".

On ABC's "This Week," Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow wouldn't rule out the president eventually having to fire Mueller, although he said he "can't imagine" it would come to that.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, warned on Twitter that "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller". Sessions became attorney general in February but did not recuse himself from that probe until March. It was called the "Saturday night massacre" when on October 20, 1973 President Richard Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus after they refused to fire Archibald Cox, who had been appointed special prosecutor in the Watergate cover-up scandal.

The Saturday Night Massacre has a powerful resonance in modern American history. Richardson refused and resigned, as did Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

Eventually, Solicitor General Robert Bork, abruptly promoted to acting attorney general by his superiors' resignations, carried out Nixon's order.

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