Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, addressing questions of whether President Donald Trump might fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the investigation into Russia's election meddling, declared that he'd seen no basis for dismissing Mueller.
The night before Tuesday's senate intelligence committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the sudden question of whether President Donald Trump might fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller prompted alarm from Democrats and notes of caution from Republicans. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is unafraid to tangle with Trump, said firing Mueller would be "a disaster, " since the special counsel had done nothing to be fired.
"I think he's weighing that option", said Ruddy.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.
But in this particular case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything relating to the Russian Federation investigation.
Sanders' comment follows several days of speculation as to whether Trump was thinking about firing Mueller. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. Rosenstein appointed Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation investigation on May 18.
However, a close confidante of Trump's said Mueller's ousting is under consideration.
"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said. "One of my sources reached out to me just before we went on air, and they said there's mass hysteria in the West Wing about this".
"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.", he said.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote.
He also declared it a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Mr Trump to the White House.
It was no t clear whether Mr Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Mr Sekulow's comments.