This immediately followed Rosenstein saying that he knew of no cause for firing Mueller.
He claimed he knew college students who said they had received death threats for saying they supported Trump, and also criticized comedian Kathy Griffin - who was roundly chastised for posing in a photograph holding a bloodied Trump head - and a NY production of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, which features a Trump-like Caesar.
Still, it took until Tuesday night for the White House to actually dispute Ruddy's suspicion.
But he told the Senate Intelligence committee last week that was unlikely, on the grounds of the integrity of Mr Mueller, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe and himself.
Barry Bennett, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Trump's campaign, said he believed it would be too damaging for Trump to try to remove Mueller, but that he had concerns about the appearance that the probe was being politicized. It put the question to five lawyers who shared their assessments, anonymously.
Because any "obstruction" investigation, and decision whether to prosecute, is so "Comey-centric", it seems to me that the investigation, and decision whether to prosecute, shouldn't be in hands of a friend of Comey.
- David Ignatius is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group. All of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) pushed the rumor despite the fact that their source admits he never spoke with the President and thinks he wouldn't do it. "I know. I wrote the rules". This on top of her infamous meeting on the tarmac with Bill Clinton.
CHRIS RUDDY: Well, I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel.
Point (2) apparently will turn on assessment of Comey's view that the president's request was really a direction to go easy on Flynn.
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"I really like Jeb Bush", Ruddy said at the time.
Ryan argued Mueller must be allowed to carry on his investigation "because of what [Trump] did with Comey", referring to the president's decision to fire the former FBI director over the Russian Federation investigation.
"Either of those actions was unthinkable to us back in 1999...."
Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. Starr was the special prosecutor in the case.
Third, he said, Rosenstein could also redefine the scope and powers of the investigation.
"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said. "The fallout from the firing of Mueller would likely be as explosive as [Richard Nixon's] firing of special counsel Archibald Cox in 1973".
In 1973, there was such a firestorm following Nixon's move against Cox that the White House was forced to appoint another special prosecutor, Texas attorney Leon Jaworski. But in a parallel universe, the one called It Can't Happen Here, that firing has already occurred.
Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill.
This is not going to be rosy for the White House. But is there such a thing as an "infinite dare"? Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".