Newt Gingrich calls special counsel team 'bad people'

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that even if President Trump told him to fire Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, he would not follow the order unless he thought there was good cause. 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 further assured senators Mueller has been given complete independence to carry out the task.

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

Another talk-radio Trump booster, Laura Ingraham, who was rumoured to have been considered for a White House position, directed her followers to a story in a conservative newspaper that suggests Mueller might be tainted. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

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Ruddy called the appointed of Mueller "a very highly unusual situation" and "politically driven", considering that no allegation of wrongdoing against Trump or any member of his staff has been alleged.

Newt, pivoted, saying that Trump shouldn't do anything, but that congressional Republicans should "look into" Mueller, and accused the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director of stocking his legal team with Hillary Clinton democrats.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive".

"I can assure you that we're going to do the right thing", Rosenstein said.

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On Monday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a press release offering no denial that the president was contemplating terminating the special counsel.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

Rosenstein deferred numerous judgment calls to a "career ethics official" in his office, noting, "I am able to consult with him when questions arise". Ruddy later confirmed the comment to CNN.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary. "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". "Chris speaks for himself", Huckabee said.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. He added, "Don't waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies".

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