CEO of Newsmax: Trump considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller

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Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

The Wisconsin Republican commented in response to a Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, who suggested Monday night that the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently". That's why he didn't report Trump, as would have been legally obligated to if he believed the president had obstructed justice. "I'm not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do", said Sekulow, per Politico.

An order from the President would not necessarily qualify, he said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, interrupted one question directed at the speaker on the topic, saying "you're creating a debate that's not happening".

Rosenstein handed the reigns of the investigation over to Mueller last month not long after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, cutting short his 10-year term. Rosenstein wrote a memo to Sessions on Comey, which was then used by the administration to justify firing the director for his handling of the Clinton case. Richardson and his deputy refused. "I do believe he has a legal right to do it and I do think it was considered as an option, as the president's own attorney said". There's no reason to fire Mueller.

"I know what we're investigating and he does not", Rosenstein said to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. That hearing will be public and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the President Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though President Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

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"Time to rethink", he tweeted on Monday, citing Mr Mueller's hiring decisions and Mr Comey's admission that he instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Mr Trump in order to force the appointment of special counsel.

This would be a breathtaking move, even for Trump. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

White House correspondent April Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, went on CNN on Monday night and told host Erin Burnett that there is "mass hysteria" in the White House over the possibility of firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff first tweeted the news and earlier on Monday, CNBC had spotted Ruddy, a close confidant of Trump, leaving the West Wing.

Months before Mueller even entered the equation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation entirely.

Technically, it's up to the attorney general to decide what to do with the special counsel.

A big no: Rosenstein himself testified before a Senate panel on Tuesday and was asked a simple question by Democratic Sen. "The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information".