Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

The man in charge of the FBI's investigation on potential Russian interference in the 2016 US election may be headed for the exit door.

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

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

But it is a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner told reporters that Mr Mueller had briefed senators Wednesday on his work.

'He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire and I just think that that's a rigged game.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr Mueller, declined to comment on Mr Ruddy's remarks. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey worked closely for years in the George W. Bush administration, when Mueller was FBI director and Comey was deputy attorney general. Up until now, congressional Republicans have effectively played the role of White House co-conspirators, allowing Trump to get away with anything he wants. "Under the regulation, special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing".

Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is overseeing its own probe into the Russian Federation matter, tweeted, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

In a statement Tuesday morning, Ruddy disputed Spicer's comments.

This news comes on the heels of Trump's lawyer saying yesterday that Trump wouldn't rule out firing Mueller.

PBS' report sparked immediate debate on Twitter.

Several lawmakers came out in support of Mueller.

The official, who would not detail what the two discussed during the interview, said it took place on May 16.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on.

"This is now beyond ridiculous, and another reason why this special counsel Mueller needs to be shut down immediately, on top of the fact that we know there's NO collusion", Hannity said. Comey endorsed Mueller's appointment when he appeared last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, further angering Trump and his staff.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted during a Senate hearing Tuesday that he, and not Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsWhite House: Trump "has no intention" to fire Mueller Sessions decries "detestable lie" Despite drama and innuendo, Sessions hearing goes nowhere MORE, was the one with authority to hire and fire Mueller.

While the president is deeply suspicious of Mueller, his anger is reserved for Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe and for Comey.