"If you want to see the President on a fast track to impeachment, then he should take this advice and fire Mueller", said Illinois Representative Luis Gutiérrez in a speech on the House floor Tuesday.
"If there were good cause", I would consider it", Rosenstein testified. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said in a statement.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the White House to let Mueller's investigation play out.
As expectations mounted about the upcoming open hearing of attorney general Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill, a friend of the president added a new twist to the Russian Federation controversy by suggesting Donald Trump might be considering dismissing the special counsel investigating it.
"Their strategy is clear: they know or suspect the facts might not be good for the president, so they're trying to vilify the man who's in charge of finding them", the New York Democrat said. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
If Rosenstein refused (which he would have to do through resignation), then Trump could continue to "go down the line" at the Justice Department until he finds someone willing to obey his order to fire Mueller. Sanders said that while Mr. Trump has the right to fire Mueller, he has no intention of doing so. Rosenstein last month appointed a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. In that role, Rosenstein has the authority to fire Mueller under some circumstances.
A source close to the Trump legal team told Fox News that Ruddy's statement just came from watching another Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, discuss the Mueller probe on ABC's "This Week" - and Sekulow did not directly suggest the president was thinking about firing Mueller.
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich fanned the flames of the Mueller termination rumor in an interview Tuesday morning on CBS, saying that Trump called him Monday night and that he doesn't think the president will seek Mueller's dismissal.
Honestly, I really hope he does try to fire him. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote. However, after facing numerous complaints, Bork ended up appointing another special prosecutor who, after nine months of investigation, found enough damning information that Nixon made a decision to resign. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen.