Friend says Trump is considering 'terminating' Mueller

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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.

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story".

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on the man investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with the president's campaign - with one suggesting Mr Trump was considering "terminating" him.

Last night, a longtime friend of President Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said the president is considering firing Mueller.

However, Mr Comey has since suggested that Mr Trump attempted to get him to shut down the investigation into his sacked former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the Post story and called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said.

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Grassley and Feinstein met late Tuesday to discuss the Russian Federation matter following testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Politico news reported.

Trump has regularly turned to Twitter to blast reports about his alleged connections to Russia or the inquiries into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Ruddy seemed to derive his assessment at least in part from comments Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, made over the weekend on ABC News' "This Week". And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.

Trump said in mid-May the special counsel's probe would show there was "no collusion" between his campaign and a foreign power.

However, Trump's staff talked him out of firing Mueller - a decision they believed would have been bad for his administration, the sources told the Times.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House Monday, told PBS' Judy Woodruff that "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The original investigation was tasked with examining reported ties between Mr Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation but after Mr Comey's testimony the President's motives are now under the microscope.

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