In a Tuesday hearing on the Justice Department budget for the 2018 fiscal year, Sen.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Christopher Ruddy said during an appearance on PBS' "NewsHour".
He also added that he does not believe a special counsel is necessary.
Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.
Although noting Trump said Friday he would answer Mueller's questions under oath, Sekulow declined to rule out ordering at some later date the firing of the widely praised Mueller, who preceded Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation". "If so, I infinite dare (Trump) to fire the special counsel", he tweeted.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he consults with a career ethics official when questions arise about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban.
"I think this - this is going to be a witch hunt".
Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity". When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing former FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing - and he was therefore "not at liberty to talk about that now". He too said Mueller should be left to conduct his investigation independently. Watching the president fire the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation scandal would test the GOP's tolerance, but it may be wishful thinking to believe Trump's Republican allies have a sense of limits.
Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Trump raised the possibility of tapes last month and told reporters last week that he would discuss their potential existence "in the very near future".
The government let the old independent-counsel law expire in 1999 - at that point even Clinton's tormentor, investigator Kenneth Starr, suggested the law needed to change.
"If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". "I'm not talking about anything else", Trump added. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.
CNBC journalist Kayla Tausche saw Ruddy leave the White House before making the news on Monday morning.
Mr Comey would not answer questions on whether the President's alleged request amounted to obstruction of justice, but said he was "stunned by the conversation".
The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks.