"You're suggesting that in the entire country there are no Republican attorneys that Mueller might have hired", he added, "I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him".
The MSNBC guest continued by underlining that "the statute for the special counsel - really important for viewers to understand this - says the special counsel can only be triggered if there's an underlying criminal probe". Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders". Then the story took an even more interesting turn last night and this morning with several key Republicans backing the idea of firing Mueller. "I am confident he will have sufficient independence". He wrote in multiple social media posts that he views Mueller - a long-serving former Federal Bureau of Investigation director respected by both parties - as leading a biased probe with the singular aim of dislodging Trump. That appeared to include Gingrich, who until recently expressed support for Mueller's appointment on the grounds that it would alleviate pressure in the Russian Federation affair.
"More often than not, the committee conducts its work behind closed doors, a necessary step to ensure that our most sensitive sources and methods are protected", Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said Tuesday at the start of the Sessiona hearing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also is scheduled Tuesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a venue where the possibility of firing Mueller could arise.
Just a few weeks ago, Gingrich was praising Mueller as a man of integrity.
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It's all about that experience in the vehicle . "It'd be really cool", Jones said. Certainly, I would love to climb further up the ladder there.
Despite Spicer distancing the White House from Ruddy's allegations, Trump does have the power to sack Mueller.
The revised ban, which Trump has said repeatedly now is a "travel ban", has been stayed by two appellate courts - the Fourth Circuit was the first, last month - and the administration has sought a review by the Supreme Court, and this injunction is headed for it as well.
The talk about dismissing Mr Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies, including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon, who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe. Gingrich told The Associated Press in an interview this week that his feelings about him began to change after Comey testified to a Senate panel that he had leaked his personal memos in order to trigger the appointment of a special counsel. He said the president could ask his attorney general or, because Jeff Sessions has recused himself, ask his deputy attorney general, a civil servant, Rod Rosenstein, to do it.