Rosenstein: I Wouldn't Fire Mueller From Russia Probe Without 'Good Cause'

Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job.

"No, I have not", Rosenstein answered. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

The sources, billed as familiar with Mueller's thinking, say the special counsel now views the matter as more than a simple "he said-he said" situation. And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel. He is at the Senate committee first and goes to the House one at 2 p.m. ET.

Speculation continued unabated and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the counsel, was asked about it at a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning. Sure, some of his top allies have started questioning Robert Mueller's credibility and decrying a "witch hunt" in the making (this was quite a reversal for some). Within days of Comey's ouster, investigators began looking into Trump for obstruction of justice, The Post reported.

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe said. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

Marc Kasowitz, the president's personal counsel, denounced this latest leak, which appears to emanate from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Whether Trump had been made aware that he was, in fact, now under investigation by Mueller - and had been under investigation for more than a month - at the time that he reportedly considered firing the special counsel remains unclear.

The Post report only further embroils Trump and his presidency in legal problems that also feature lawsuits from the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as almost 200 congressional Democrats, over his business holdings and income from foreign governments. Such a move would certainly shed doubt on Trump's innocence.

"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.

Former FBI director is too close to his successor, James Comey, to be impartial. Trump, who expressed displeasure with Session's withdrawal from the case, wouldn't hesitate to apply pressure.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the US elections.

The special counsel does not operate under the purview of the FBI, but took over the investigation previously led by the agency.

Sessions was supposed to testify before the appropriations committee, as past attorneys general have, but on Saturday, Sessions wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place.

Information for this article was contributed by Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post; and by Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin of The Associated Press.