"As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", Rosenstein said. The regulations governing independent investigations make clear that the special counsel can be removed "only by the personal action of the Attorney General". Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
Sources have toldCNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.
Ruddy was at the White House on Monday to meet White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Spicer said. Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for this investigation, for the process to continue.
The criticism of Mueller takes several forms.
Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.
But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said that Mr Trumpcalled him on Monday night because of Mr Gingrich's concerns about the Russian Federation probe.
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. The Justice Department later acknowledged Sessions's contacts with Kislyak but said they were part of Sessions's job at the time as a senator. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.
The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.
Ruddy did not dismiss the White House communications team's words, but he did call Spicer's statement "bizarre".
As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe. The interview was first reported by PBS.
"I think it is a consideration the President has had, because (Robert) Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Ruddy told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.
Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.
During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions said he had not met with any Russians during the campaign. "The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal", it says.
With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated.
Sanders said Trump saw part of Sessions's testimony and "thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job and, in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".
Rosenstein was testifying in place of Sessions, who over the weekend canceled his own appearance before the committee and instead agreed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The deal comes just weeks after Trump signed a deal with Saudi Arabia for nearly $110 billion in United States arms. United States and Qatar signed an agreement to purchase the last American F-15 fighters worth $ 12 billion.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. After multiple attempts for the jury to come to a verdict, the judge has chose to consider the Bill Cosby case a mistrial .
I get on very well with everyone and that speaks for itself", he told Cadena SER after Spain's 2-1 win over Macedonia on Sunday. Spain worldwide Diego Costa "has many offers" as he prepares to leave Chelsea this summer, says the striker's brother.
The National Weather Service is warning of a heat wave in the days ahead with temperatures peaking on Saturday. The hot conditions are labeled as a classic pre-monsoon heat event for the Southwest region, NWS said.
Went to the garden to get some fresh air with my coffee to help me wake up and now watching The Cat In The Hat with my daughter. As Glamour recalled in a 2016 article, Gal Gadot met her husband, an Israeli businessman, at a "very odd party" in the desert.
The mostly white jury deliberated for some 29 hours over the course of five days this week before reaching the verdict. Though he didn't identify the two holdouts, he explained to the AP that it wasn't the jury's only two black members.
Davis will visit the Belgian city for talks opening on June 19, just under a year after the United Kingdom voted to leave. Nigel Farage, UKIP, and the Brexit referendum may one day be counted among the saviours of the European Union.
Open is wide open going into the weekend. - Leader Brian Harman reflects on unusual scoring conditions this week. He has birdied three of his last four holes. 1, 7 and 9 on the front nine and three in a row on Nos.
Well now, Scarlett Johansson met her doppelgänger, according to Entertainment Weekly , and they had a blast. This came to me purely because people were like, 'Oh my God, you have a doppelganger and it's insane .
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said her crews had identified a "number" of those killed, "but we know there will be more". Scotland Yard is leading the criminal investigation into the fire at Grenfell Tower to establish the exact cause of the fire.
Jordan Spieth finishes US Open on a high note
Fowler and Reed will command plenty of attention, but do not discount Kim Si-woo, who sits between the American duo at nine under. The much-maligned site of this year's national championship has been giving up birdies and low scores, very unlike a U.S.
IOS 11 brings NFC smarts to more apps
But if you're not, and would prefer not to join the company's developer program, the public beta program is your best bet. You can also get to the option by going to Settings, and tapping on iTunes & App Stores.
US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter
USA -led forces have increased their presence at Tanf to deter pro-Syrian government forces in the area. The Pentagon says the coalition's mission in Syria and Iraq is to defeat Islamic State .
Dollar gains as Fed sticks to guns on policy tightening
The euro, after earlier rising to its highest level against the dollar since November 9, was last little changed at $1.1215. Analysts had forecast that U.S. inflation would slow from 2.2% to 2% year-on-year and from 0.2% to 0.1% month-on-month.
Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames
Smith, 35, has not lived up to expectations in each of the first four seasons on his current six-year $34-million contract. Johnson had a record of 18-15-1 with 2359 goals against average and a.910 save percentage with the Flames in 2016-17.
Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows
Open . "But I like the way this golf course suits me, and we're off to a good start". "Obviously, I paid the price for it today". McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home ".