Rod Rosenstein would only fire special counsel if Trump's request was 'lawful'

House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear he doesn't agree with some who are urging President Donald Trump to fire the Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Tuesday night, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained the president has the right to fire Mueller, but doesn't plan on it.

In the interview, Mr Ruddy said Mr Trump had considered replacing Mr Comey with Mr Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present.

Some of President Donald Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. He described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week.

A national manhunt for two double-murdering prison escapees is over — CAPTURED
Dozier said that when he was alerted to their deaths, "The pain and anguish that was in the toes of my feet went up to my heart". Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

The Newsmax head also slammed the White House communications team's response to his statement, calling it "amateur hour".

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency. "Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", an official said.

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