White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too.

Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment.

Under Justice Department rules, Mr. Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr. Mueller.

During testimony to a budget panel Rosenstein said he has seen no cause for Mueller's dismissal and that he will be given "full independence" from the Department of Justice to conduct his investigation. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". The Times reported Trump has been bothered by conservative news reports that Mueller was close to fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", he told reporters.

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.

A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller.

The revelation came after Ruddy was at the White House on Monday for a meeting with Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

Conservative media, led by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy, have suggested that the interview shows Mueller has a conflict in his special counsel investigation. 'I think he's weighing that option. He later noted that it was up to Mueller to determine whether the issue might be part of his investigation, adding he thought Mueller "ought to review that".

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[B] ehind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump's interactions.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so". Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, and both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments.

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

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