Newt Gingrich: Mueller Russia Investigation a ‘Rigged Game’

President Donald Trump has no intention to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s U.S. election, the White House said Tuesday.House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel’s investigation continue, and await vindication.The president is reportedly angry about stories about close ties between Mueller and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.Asked if he would fire Mueller on the president’s orders, he said: “I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders”. “I know Bob Mueller, and I have confidence in Bob Mueller”, Ryan said.Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that “third-rate burglary”, a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?The responsibility for appointing (or theoretically firing) Mueller lies with Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections. The deputy attorney general also said: “I’m confident (Mueller) has full independence”.According to the Telegraph report, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said that: “I think he’s contemplating perhaps dismissing the special counsel”.Ruddy made the statement without speaking to the president and the White House is pushing back against the assertion.The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too. “I never said I had a conversation”, Ruddy said on CNN. The attorney general is expected to be closely questioned about his contacts with Kislyak and his role in last month’s firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions’ appearance, saying in response to a question, “We’re aware of it, and we’ll go from there”.Because Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation over his connection to Trump’s campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador, it was Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation. “I think it is”, Ruddy said. Although Ryan did not say such a Trump move would be unacceptable, his endorsement of Mueller was one of the few times the speaker has sent such a preemptive message to the administration since Trump became president.Mueller, who preceded Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was the longest-serving director since J. Edgar Hoover.Rosenstein’s testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee occurred just hours before Sessions was to testify in a public hearing before another Senate panel about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of another Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey.