The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.
On Monday, a friend of Trump's, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, claimed that Trump was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel" - an action that would ultimately have to be made by Rosenstein.
"The president did this to himself", one Trump official told The Daily Beast. A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment. If there were good cause, I would consider it.
The move, which marks an expansion of Mueller's ongoing probe into whether Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential race, comes just two days after one of Trump's friends suggested the President was considering dismissing Mueller.
Despite the advice of well-meaning political experts, Trump continues to do it his own way and wins most of the time, from the GOP nomination to the presidency.
Comey testified that he thought Trump's request to "let go" of the Flynn probe was "very disturbing.very concerning" and that he expects Mueller will closely examine whether it amounted to an obstruction of justice "offense".
"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.
Shortly after Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the federal Russian Federation investigation, lawmakers speculated that the congressional probes may be sidelined by the forceful new presence.
"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.
Vega seemed to scoff at the Trump administration's defense when they said Ruddy didn't speak with Trump, which was something Ruddy corroborated on MSNBC.
Whether Trump is really considering firing Mueller, as press reports indicate, or whether this is just another staffer throwing marbles down the steps for reporters to chase is anyone's guess.
The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"You're creating a debate that's not happening", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday morning, responding to a reporter's question about the rumor.
"I do believe it would be catastrophic, and I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here", Senator Dianne Feinstein said.