The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.
Earlier this week, Newsmax CEO and close Trump ally Chris Ruddy set the news cycle on fire when he claimed that President Donald Trump was thinking about terminating special counsel Robert Mueller.
As expectations mounted about the upcoming open hearing of attorney general Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill, a friend of the president added a new twist to the Russian Federation controversy by suggesting Donald Trump might be considering dismissing the special counsel investigating it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight. "I think there's a conflict there". Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.
Ruddy argued that Mueller should not have taken the job of special counsel because he was under consideration for the other position, and had had the private meeting with the president for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointment. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".More news: Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction
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Gingrich also said Trump had phoned him Monday night, and left him with the impression that Mueller's job isn't on the line.
Conservative commentators, including two with ties to Mr. Trump, have mentioned the possibility of dismissing Mr. Mueller or have begun making the case for doing so.
The New York Times reported, "That may have been by design, according to a person who spoke to Mr. Trump on Tuesday". On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the ranking member of the House Committee on Intelligence, said that if Mueller were fired, Congress would rehire him again as an independent counsel beyond the reach of the president or Department of Justice.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.
(That ignores the fact that other Trump campaign figures might be under investigation.) There also have been complaints that Mueller is a friend of Comey's.
Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, and both said they see the probe as unnecessary.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is back Tuesday on Capitol Hill for public hearings in front of the budget-writing appropriations committees for the House and Senate.