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19 June 2017, 02:40 | Opal Carroll
A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russian Federation probe. Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel. I'll say very positive things when they're warranted.
Rosenstein, who was speaking before the senate appropriations committee because Sessions has recused himself from all matters related to the Russian Federation investigation, said that only he has the authority in the justice department to fire Mueller and that he would do so only if the president's orders are "lawful and appropriate".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller's fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller.
The White House said in a statement that Ruddy 'never spoke to the President regarding this issue'.
He explained Tuesday to the Senate panel that his decision was based on a Justice Department regulation dictating that 'employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they served as a campaign advisor'.
Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.
The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.
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"The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan said, adding he had confidence in Mueller.
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.
Gingrich also said Trump is confident that Mueller will find he did nothing wrong, but Gingrich worries.
"I think he's weighing that option", Mr Ruddy said.
On Monday, speculation was stoked that Trump was considering terminating Mueller, after a confidante of the president suggested it was under consideration.
Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".
Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation.
"I've been friends the president for a long time".
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