Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

The White House has said that U.S. President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerDem senators seize on Senate press crackdown It's the oil, stupid: Why Democrats must block Trump on infrastructure Senate reaches deal on Russian Federation sanctions MORE (D-N.Y.) is urging Republicans to defend special counsel Robert Mueller amid a new wave of criticism from some prominent conservatives of the person leading the probe into Russia's election interference. Then, crucially, he says that according to the special counsel regulations, Mueller "may be fired only for good cause", and that he is "required to put that cause in writing".

Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"In this case, the Deputy Attorney General since Attorney General (Sessions) is recused, can do it, and only for good cause", Norm Eisen, an attorney and fellow at the Brookings Institute explained to

He called because "I have been very clear" about Mueller and the lawyers he's hired amounting to a "rigged game", Gingrich said in an interview Tuesday on CBS.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

"There's no debate that's going on here", Ryan said after a reporter asked about suggestions from Trump friends Ruddy and Newt Gingrich that Mueller could be axed.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, interrupted one question directed at the speaker on the topic, saying "you're creating a debate that's not happening". When the attorney general refused, Nixon fired him - and when the deputy attorney general refused, Nixon fired him as well.

"I don't think that's a question for me to answer", Rosenstein responded.

The Hill noted Monday that four members of Mueller's investigative team, each seasoned criminal prosecutors with extensive experience at the Justice Deparment or Washington, D.C. law firms, had donated to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

Ruddy's comments came on the heels of the president's own attorney, Jay Sekulow, who made similar comments, claiming the president was still weighing the option of terminating Mueller.

However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "Mr". Trump, who isn't typically shy about levelling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.

The startling assertion comes as some of Trump's conservative allies, who initially praised Mueller's selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come.

The responsibility for appointing Mueller fell to Rosenstein because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself in March from all investigations involving Russian Federation and the 2016 elections.

Technically, it's up to the attorney general to decide what to do with the special counsel. "I want Jeff Sessions to denounce it", Blumenthal said.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote. "And the next day, he's now maybe using some of that information in his investigation".