"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel. But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside.
Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".
"While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday after a day of speculation over Mr. Mueller's fate.
"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment". When asked about the interview Ruddy said: "My quote is accurate". I think it's very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently. Memo to Sean: Focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! "Don't waste our time".
The deputy attorney general later appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry, following growing demands from Democrats to appoint an independent special prosecutor to examine the Russian Federation allegations. But Trump's conservative allies have begun to turn on the special counsel, despite initally praising his appointment. Gen. Rod Rosenstein implied that Mueller could not be fired directly by the president.
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Still, not everyone is a fan. "I think we'll be in communication personally with him on any aspects that might bleed over from one to the other".
In that meeting, Trump reportedly told Comey that he hoped the Federal Bureau of Investigation director would "let this go", referring to the Flynn probe. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, whether a history of political donations would prohibit someone from being involved in the investigation.
"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said in a statement back then. "I think it'd be a disaster. What had he done to be fired?"
Mr Schiff told news channel MSNBC's Morning Joe programme on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".
"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said.