Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.
"I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said last month.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) asked Rosenstein about these reports before reading several regulations for when a special prosecutor can be removed from their position.
This left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of all things Russia-related, and it was Rosenstein who, in May, appointed Mueller to lead the investigation.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", he said.
Multiple House Republicans said that there was no discussion about the special counsel at the weekly GOP meeting.
Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. If Sessions did recuse himself, it would fall to Rosenstein to fire the guy who he'd appointed weeks earlier.
"T$3 his is beyond now ridiculous and another reason why this special counsel Mueller needs to be shut down immediately, on top of the fact we know there's no collusion", Hannity added.
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A United Kingdom government report also identified Saudi Arabia as a key sponsor of groups involved in radicalizing young Britons. Turkey and Qatar have developed close ties over the years and reached agreement in 2014 to set up a Turkish military base there.
Ruddy was at the White House on Monday but did not meet with the president, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
"I don't think Newt said that", Graham told reporters. He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it".
Such moments sometimes reflect the deep division among Trump's White House advisers about the best course for the president to take in the face of political or legal adversity.
If confirmed, his dismissal could have explosive implications and renew criticism of Mr Trump, who has been under intense pressure following his firing of James Comey as FBI director, and accusations that he might have tried to obstruct the investigation.
CORNISH: Now, if the president is so down on Mueller, why not fire him?
But Ruddy on Tuesday opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who is part of the House Intelligence Committee's own investigation into Russian Federation, shot back at the idea on Monday evening with a warning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition. "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies", the message read, which the host read on-air.