Paul Ryan says everyone should just let Robert Mueller do his job

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After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigations into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, and any signs of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while testifying before Congress. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. (Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last night).

Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing.

As certain media friends and allies have floated the trial balloon of President Donald Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller, a host of pundits and pols have come down strongly against it.

Is President Trump prepared to let the special counsel pursue his investigation?

Because Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation over his connection to Trump's campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador, it was Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.

The deputy attorney general also said: "I'm confident (Mueller) has full independence".

"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller hiring four Democrats - his first four attorneys are all Democrats".

More news: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller: deputy attorney general Rosenstein

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

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the President, questioned whether the special counsel investigation would be impartial. "I think there's a conflict there", Ruddy said. "And I think it would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating".

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on the possibility of Trump seeking to remove Mueller.

GOP Congressman Leonard Lance was particularly emphatic in his support of Mueller, saying he trusts him and believes he will run an honest investigation.

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, implying he can not be trusted to lead the probe.

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