White House officials deny claim Trump seeking Mueller firing

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

A spokesman for Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz fiercely denied the allegations.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "Chris speaks for himself". Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a step, and White House officials said Ruddy did not meet directly with the president while he was there. Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN.

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

"In this case, we have what could serve as a trial balloon", he said on "Anderson Cooper 360", suggesting that it might be a way to test public reaction. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells you what you need to know before you go. "I think there's a conflict there". Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

But Ruddy outlined what seems to be growing talk from Trump circles raising concerns about Mueller.

"What they have said is, and what I've heard from everybody is, the president didn't speak to him on this matter and he doesn't speak for the president".

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", Gingrich tweeted.

The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

Members are using the event as a chance to grill Rosenstein about other topics, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election and Rosenstein's decision to tap Mueller as special counsel. Some of the words in her tweet were capitalized.

Why would Trump consider firing Mueller?

Three members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by Mueller have given political donations nearly exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, warned Trump that dismissing Mueller would ultimately be futile, saying "Don't waste your time".

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