Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Christopher Ruddy, chief executive officer of Newsmax Media, who was at the White House on Monday, said on PBS' NewsHour that Trump "is considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel - I think he's weighing that option".

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

Justice Department regulations show the President does not have direct power to sack a special counsel, but the Attorney-General does, meaning Mr Trump could simply order acting Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein to sack Mr Mueller instead.

The Washington Post originally reported that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller had been expanded to include Trump, who is suspected of having attempted to obstruct the investigation. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation and is testifying Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification... for a special counsel".

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

Mueller was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2013, when Comey took over as head.

A source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells you what you need to know before you go.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan. Warner responded that "the criminal piece of the investigation will be handled by the special counsel, but if we find facts we can turn this over to the special counsel" and "report them" to Mueller's office.

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