The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a long-time supporter of Mr. Trump's, said in a tweet on Monday that it was time to "rethink" Mr. Mueller's ability to be fair. The regulations governing independent investigations make clear that the special counsel can be removed "only by the personal action of the Attorney General".
The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision.
"The Obama administration was not in a position where they were seeking legislation", Mr. Comey told lawmakers last month when asked about the possibility of establishing a legal statue to resolve the Going Dark dilemma. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake".
Both Fleischer and Gingrich had previously vouched for the character and integrity of Mueller, who was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Bush and whose term was extended an extra two years by Democratic President Barack Obama. Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause.
"I'm not a flak for the White House".
Days before leaving office on May 9, Mr. Comey said federal investigators had legally seized more than 6,000 smartphones and electronic devices during a recent six-month span but found that 46 percent couldn't be opened "with any technique".
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The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.
Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News linking Mueller to Comey.
"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", deputy White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Trump meant to fire Mueller.
Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr".
Some of Mr Trump's allies have begun questioning Mr Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies.
Mueller has wide authority to look into matters related to Russian election meddling, including collusion with Trump operatives, financial links between Trump and Russia and whether the president tried to obstruct the inquiry. Sessions made that choice because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition - a potential part of the probe. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.