Donald Trump's White House 'a crime scene'

White House officials deny claim Trump seeking Mueller firing

Several Trump-supporting media figures called for Robert Mueller to be fired; a Trump friend said the president was actually considering it; a Trump lawyer wouldn't rule it out; a conservative newspaper suggested Mueller faces a conflict of interest; and a top Trump surrogate accused him of partisan bias.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy tells Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

More concerning was the source's allegation Trump "was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration".

He is often described as a close friend of Trump's, and reporters spotted him leaving the White House on Monday.

The expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation would represent the clearest legal threat to date for Trump, who has long maintained that he is not personally under investigation - and who reportedly pressured former FBI Director James Comey to say so publicly.

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

Short of impeachment, only the attorney general - in this case, Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - can do so.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair", former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tweeted Monday, noting that Mueller once worked with James Comey, who Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"Comey admitted he leaked the memo to the New York Times, hoping it would bring about a special counsel which, by the way, turned out to be his best buddy Robert Mueller".

President Trump has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt".

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

But Kenneth Starr, who investigated the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals as an independent counsel during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, rallied to Mueller's defense. Trump could conceivably then fire Rosenstein and keep issuing the order until someone carried it out. And it's possible that Rosenstein could refuse, meaning he would either have to resign or Trump would have to fire him, creating a situation eerily reminiscent to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre.

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller.

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things".

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