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"If there were good cause, I would consider it. If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me no matter what anybody says", explained Rosenstein. The normative acts of the Ministry of Justice state that a special counsel can be dismissed by the Prosecutor General on motivated grounds.

When asked to clarify the boundaries of Attorney General Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation probe, Rosenstein said, "I know what we're investigating and (Sessions) does not". That's what was meant by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein when he said Director Comey usurped the role of the Department of Justice prosecutors.

Letting Mueller go would "be a very significant mistake", Ruddy continued.

"He actually does not know what we're investigating and I'm not going to talk about it publicly", he said.

Mueller's potential dismissal arose Monday evening when Trump's close friend Christopher Ruddy, who is the CEO of Newsmax, told PBS News Hour: "I think he's (Trump) considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". "I think we'll be in communication personally with him on any aspects that might bleed over from one to the other".

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

Sessions, a major Trump campaign supporter, disqualified himself on the advice of the department's ethics office after he had failed to disclose several meetings he had with top Russians during his confirmation hearings. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.

"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.

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Asked if he had confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Mr Sessions replied: "I have confidence in Mr Mueller but I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals", noting that he was not involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

Sources have told CNN that multiple advisers have counseled Trump against firing Mueller.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that while he feels "independent counsels are very unsafe", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out.

Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel.

But he did note Tuesday morning in an email to Politico that a subsequent statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer "doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller" and that Ruddy never claimed to have spoken with Trump about Mueller. In 1973, Nixon turned to the third-ranking Justice official, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who fired Cox in his capacity as acting attorney general.

It was not clear whether Mr Ruddy, who speaks to the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with him or entirely on Mr Sekulow's comments.