Robert Mueller's Future in Jeopardy?

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"While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday.

Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt". He did allow for the possibility that he encountered him in a reception that he said was attended by a couple dozen people, though he said he had no specific recollection of that. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorised to comment". "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday any talk about Trump wanting to rid himself of the special investigator amounts to "rumor".

Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that he leaked information from memos he wrote describing his private conversations with Trump.

BRENNAN: Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, will also explore whether the abrupt firing of James Comey in May was an attempt by the President to obstruct the FBI's Russian Federation inquiry.

But can he lawfully dismiss a special counsel whom he had no role in appointing? The special counsel, who reports to the attorney general, serves at the pleasure of the president.

Still not everyone is a fan. Press secretary said Ruddy has never spoken with Trump about Mueller and is not authorized to speak on the matter, which falls far short of a ringing endorsement for Mueller. Several of those steps would require justice department officials, including Rosenstein, to go along with the president's orders. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake".

The White House has also pushed back on the "fire Mueller" speculation. "What had he done to be fired?"

Democrats, incluidng ranking member of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, also weighed in on the reports.

I did not talk to the President about the issue. Instead, he temporarily put aside his usual early morning twitterstorm and settled for a broad brush dismissal of Comey's precisely implied argument that Trump was bringing a case of obstruction of justice upon himself.

CHRIS RUDDY: If you read "The Art of the Deal", he always says keep all your options open. "But it wouldn't surprise me at all, even though it would be absolutely astonishing were he (Trump) to entertain this".

Ruddy said the ethics behind Mueller's presence are concerning considering how he was appointed to be special counsel.

"I really like Jeb Bush", Ruddy said at the time.

Still, top Democrats on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee fumed that Sessions had abruptly canceled his appearance there, with Sen. Justice Department regulations specify that a special counsel can only be removed for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", and that the "specific reason" must be spelled out in writing.

"I do not have an update", Rosenstein replied. She asked whether he has seen "any evidence of good cause" to fire Mueller. "If there were good cause, I would consider it; if there weren't good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody said".

RUDDY: I already said I'm not going to reveal who my sources are, but that I felt confident in saying it.