Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

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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.

Some Trump allies have begun this week to criticize the investigation led by Mueller, who served as director of the FBI under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGillespie edges out Trump-aligned candidate in Virginia gov. primary White House: Trump "has no intention" to fire Mueller Webb: The shiny object MORE and who is widely respected among lawmakers from both parties.

A White House official stressed that Ruddy "speaks for himself", not the Trump administration.

"Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who said he spoke with Trump on Monday night, raised questions about the fairness of the Mueller-led probe.

Just weeks ago, Mr Gingrich heaped praise on Mr Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

The possibility that Trump might at some point want to fire Mueller has to be viewed quite seriously.

Mr Trump's friend Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, went even further, suggesting the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mr Mueller.

"I think he's weighing that option".

Mueller's hiring was meant to ensure the probe would be conducted without interference.

They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside", Mr Sekulow said.

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