Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and is also looking into financial crimes among Trump associates, the Post wrote, citing five unnamed intelligence officials. Now that Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, then the authority to sack Mueller rests with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Former FBI director James Comey testified last week to a Senate committee that his sacking by Trump on May 9 was an attempt to alter the federal investigation of Russian activities in the 2016 election including ties to former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. Though Ruddy was at the White House earlier in the day, those aides said he did not meet with Trump, but White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former conservative media leader himself.
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.
"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Gingrich tweeted.
Mr Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Mr Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview on Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Mr Trump might at some point order deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to sack Mr Mueller.
His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation.
Why would Trump consider firing Mueller?
Warrants issued for Turkish agents and others for DC protest fight
With two men arrested on Wednesday and two arrested immediately following the incident, the total number facing charges is now 18. Four people already have been charged in connection with the incident, which occurred during Erdogan's visit to the USA capital.
But a source close to the President said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.
"Chris speaks for himself", a second senior administration official told the Daily Caller.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, scoffed at the idea that the president might fire Mueller.
He brought on three partners from his former law firm, WilmerHale, with significant litigating experience in high-stakes cases. "Look who is hiring". "I think he's weighing that option", Mr Ruddy said on PBS NewsHour.
"There are some real conflicts".
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke critically of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, calling special counsels "very unsafe". "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".