Now Ruddy and other Trump allies are saying Mueller shouldn't have accepted the special counsel job because of his recent discussion with Trump. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, whether he has seen good cause to fire Mueller. All of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) pushed the rumor despite the fact that their source admits he never spoke with the President and thinks he wouldn't do it.
Trump's behavior in office has been disruptive, to put it mildly.
"The seriousness of this threat can not be overstated", Mr. Rosenstein told the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.
Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. She then swiftly tried to back up the claims about Trump with the opinion of someone else who had hammered Mueller.
"These are people who are going to be after Trump", Gingrich said, adding that Mueller "apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation".
The White House immediately distanced itself from what Ruddy said. "I spoke to him last week. No", Ruddy told her. (Message: I'll protect you.) He allegedly told Comey the next day, "I hope you can let this go". I don't believe he will fire him. That, to me, is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do, and that's what I think hopefully will happen. I do believe he has the legal right to do it.
Vega seemed to scoff at the Trump administration's defense when they said Ruddy didn't speak with Trump, which was something Ruddy corroborated on MSNBC. And the White House deputy press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has been asked about this many times. Now they go for obstruction of justice - phony story. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Should Robert Mueller be fired? But she said today, as she has said before, that while the president has the power to fire Mueller he has no intention of doing so. I think he's weighing that option. He has brought to the White House the values of a failed Atlantic City casino owner turned reality-TV star. House Speaker Paul Ryan jumping to Robert Mueller's defense.
The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. It was prompted by this comment from Trump confidant and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy yesterday on PBS.
BRENNAN: On CBS This Morning former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had initially said he was a fan of Mueller, accused him of picking politically biased investigators.
Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.
Under Department of Justice rules, it is actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call, though the president could bypass that protocol.
BRENNAN: President Trump ignored questions about Mueller's fate. Trumpers want him to drop the axe to show The Swamp that they can't get away with sabotaging Trump's presidency by appointing Comey's buddy to lead the Russiagate "witch hunt".
Ruddy says he has not talked to Trump about Mueller but insists that his sourcing on the story is air tight.
Rosenstein testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he has no reason to believe the special counsel has been compromised and no reason to remove Mueller.
For Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin. We get the latest from NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.
Ruddy told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller and Trump "had a private conversation" and suggested it was "unethical" before the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was named special counsel. Ruddy said it will not be a smart move.
WELKER: Is it because of something you heard from top officials at the White House?
"I did not talk to the president about the issue", Ruddy said.