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Paul Ryan to Donald Trump: ‘Let Robert Mueller Do His Job’

That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller – himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director – as special counsel the following week.Under Justice Department rules, Mr Trump would have to order Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr Mueller.High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.”I also want a commitment from Jeff Sessions that he will resign if the president of the United States fires Bob Mueller”, Blumenthal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican, said during a press conference on Tuesday, “I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently”, meaning the president should not interfere with Mueller’s work.The lawyers, too, took to their bunkers to explain the complicated array of questions surrounding the chain of command at the Department of Justice and whether it would be legal for the president to fire Mueller. “I think that it’s a matter of fundamental conscience”.The deputy attorney general also said: “I’m confident (Mueller) has full independence”.The authority to appoint a special counsel fell to Rosenstein, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia case because of his failure to disclose during his January confirmation hearing pre-election meetings he had Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Allies of the President cast doubt on the idea that Mr Trump would take such a drastic step, and officials said Mr Ruddy had not met Mr Trump directly while visiting the White House on Monday. “I think he’s weighing that option”.Less than a month ago, he called Mueller a “superb choice”, someone whose “reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity”. Mr Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mr Mueller’s picks to help lead the probe. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.Several Trump associates and confidantes are supposedly pushing the president to remove Mueller because he has proven himself to be partisan and untrustworthy.Ruddy noted Tuesday morning in an email to Politico that Spicer “doesn’t deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller” and that Ruddy never claimed to have spoken with Trump about Mueller. “Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies”.The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.A senior White House official confirmed that the President had interviewed Mr Mueller for the FBI post in the Oval Office the day before Mr Rosenstein tapped him to be the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.