Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction


The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump chose to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said Monday on PBS NewsHour. Rosenstein said that while it depends on the circumstances, "I think the general answer is no".

Rosenstein said that because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation matter, Mueller could only be fired by Rosenstein himself.

Mr Sessions recused himself from all matters concerned with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

Adam Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was quick to respond to the report. "I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don't think there is a justification [for a special counsel]".

But after the evidence of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, Mr Gingrich said he had changed his mind. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter also called for the firing of the special counsel, tweeting, "Now that we know Trump is not under investigation, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

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

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke critically of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, calling special counsels "very risky".

Trump's recent, abrupt dismissal of Comey generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment.

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

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

Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, Rogers' former deputy will be interviewed by Mueller's investigators, perhaps as early as this week, the article said.