'Congress should intervene': Gingrich airs his, Trump's concerns about Robert Mueller

Under Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by the deputy attorney general rather than the president, although those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

If Trump orders Rosenstein to fire Mueller and Rosenstein complies, the position of a special counsel would remain vacant, until - or unless - Rosenstein appoints another one.

If the regulations were rescinded, Trump would no longer be required to cite any cause in removing Mueller.

Under the regulations that enabled Rosenstein to appoint Mueller, only the Attorney General - or in this case, Rosenstein, since his superior, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation - can remove the special counsel.

Trump's allies have begun raising questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's impartiality - he's a former FBI director who has worked with fired FBI Director James Comey - and floating the idea that Trump might replace him.

"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy, who leads the conservative news website Newsmax, said on PBS NewsHour.

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Although Ruddy told Woodruff it would be a "significant mistake" for Trump to fire Mueller, he also noted that Mueller was previously a lawyer at WilmerHale, a law firm that represents Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and could therefore have conflicts of interest.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes. "I think there's a conflict there".

Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey. But after the testimony of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to a Senate committee last week, Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

For Trump to order Mueller's firing with no good reason, then, "would be insane even by Trump-era standards", Wright said.

"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.

"I regret that I do not", Rosenstein said.

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CNBC journalist Kayla Tausche saw Ruddy leave the White House before making the news on Monday morning. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

"The chain of command for the special counsel is only directly to the attorney general - and in this case, the acting attorney general", he said.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia raised the possibility that Rosenstein might himself be fired without cause. If there were good cause, I would consider it.

Two senators say they are disappointed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent his deputy to testify before a committee hearing on the Justice Department's budget.

Mueller and Comey worked alongside each other during the George W. Bush years when Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief and Comey was Attorney General John Ashcroft's deputy.

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

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