Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting: "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller". If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too - a series of events that would recall the "Saturday Night Massacre" during Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon sought to dismiss a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox. "I appointed him. I stand by it... and I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation", he said. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause".
The firing would have to be carried out by Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, though regulations could be "set aside", the AP reported.
He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.
Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of Mr Trump, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mr Mueller from his position as special counsel. Although Ruddy, who said he spoke to the president by phone over the weekend, said he personally thought it would be a mistake to take that step, other Trump cheerleaders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have begun assailing Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a sterling reputation.
Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers.
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Mueller's firing would not only short-circuit the FBI investigation of the Trump entourage, it would hobble any effort to impeach the president.
Rosenstein said he appointed Mueller and he stands by the decision.
A day before former FBI Director Robert Mueller accepted the appointment to be the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the presidential election, President Trump met with him to talk about taking another turn as FBI director.
What I would recommend (as I play constitutional lawyer on the pages of American Thinker) is for Donald Trump to demand an expedited judgment. It's Jeff Sessions' turn in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee; he'll answer questions in an open hearing about his meet.
Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.
Ryan echoed that sentiment, calling the reports about the president possibly moving to fire Mueller "a rumor".
The first shot was sacked by Jay Sekulow, a hard-right conservative activist and a member of Trump's legal team who told ABC's "This Week" that he would not rule out the firing of Mueller.