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As rumors and speculation continue to swirl around the possibility of President Donald Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading a Department of Justice investigation into alleged Russian tampering with the 2016 election, one Illinois Congressman has dared the president to do it.

A longtime friend of Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said on PBS's "Newshour" that the president is "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel". Trump ally Newt Gingrich has been calling for Mueller's removal, tweeting on Monday that "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy's decision to say that President Trump is weighing firing special counsel Robert Mueller harmed Trump's ability to fire him, a Trump confidant told The Daily Caller.

"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake", Ruddy added.

Rosenstein is appearing before the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice's budget because Attorney General Jeff Sessions cancelled his scheduled appearance after agreeing to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.

Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the ranking member on the House intelligence committee, said not long after the report was made public that, should Mueller be dismissed, Congress would appoint Mueller to lead an independent probe. "I think there's a conflict there". He could either ask Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire him, or, if Rosentein refuses, repeal the regulations that govern the appointment and fire him himself-a scenario that would echo Nixon's notorious Saturday Night Massacre.

The notion was dismissed by senior White House aides later Monday evening, who said that Ruddy does not speak for the president. "With respect to this subject, only the president [or] his attorneys are authorized to comment".

Both Rosenstein and Sessions are testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Mr Sekulow said.

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"I know Bob Mueller and I have confidence in Bob Mueller", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

After all, the current version of Special Counsel was created under the Clinton administration, with the rules drafted by Janet Reno's Justice Department to put distance between the White House and Justice.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

Trump had also interviewed Mueller for the role of FBI director before Mueller was appointed special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation. We don't have to believe former FBI Director James Comey's account of Trump's threats and blandishments.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday that it is "unlikely" he will fire Mueller, but acknowledged that it is often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

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