Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, declined to comment.

"Chris speaks for himself", a senior administration official told the Daily Caller in an email. Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a step, and White House officials said Ruddy did not meet directly with the president while he was there.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

The White House has categorically denied rumors that Robert Mueller's head is on the chopping block.

He brought on three partners from his former law firm, WilmerHale, with significant litigating experience in high-stakes cases.

Just weeks ago, Mr Gingrich heaped praise on Mr Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". "I think there's a conflict there". Given that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was overseeing the probe into Russian Federation, and its possible collusion with the Trump team, the firing has led to questions about potential obstruction of justice. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation and is testifying Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But Ruddy outlined what seems to be growing talk from Trump circles raising concerns about Mueller.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, did say he would be "surprised" if Trump fired Mueller. "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". About one hour later, Ruddy appeared on PBS Newshour and during that interview, he told anchor Judy Woodruff that he believed Trump was already "considering" firing Mueller. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller.

Asked on the American ABC's This Week program whether the President would promise not to interfere or order Mr Mueller's sacking, Mr Sekulow said: "Look, the President of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

  • Rogelio Becker