If Trump knows he's guilty of colluding with Russian Federation to interfere with our election, he has plenty of motive to oust Mueller from his duties before a full-scale investigation can get underway.
"You've had a series of things which send signals that tell people that it's OK to hate Trump, it's OK to think of Trump in violent terms, it's OK to consider assassinating Trump", Gingrich said. 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 - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Justice Department's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's election, will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation". Four top lawyers hired by Mueller have contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the years to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, including former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. Several Trump critics noted that Gingrich previously had tweeted that Mueller was a "superb choice to be special counsel" and that his reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".
But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Ruddy's remarks. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.
Journalist Paul Vale, who has written for the Huffington Post and The Times of London, tweeted, "Boiled cabbage Gingrich lays out the White House plan to discredit career lawman Mueller - all in the service of his babbling paymaster".
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy told PBS that Trump was considering getting rid of Mueller, and other Trump confidants ― most prominently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ― have been airing criticisms of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and questioning his objectivity.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy's claims.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.
Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job".
A person close to Trump's legal team said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller with the legal team.