Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.
Christopher Ruddy, a conservative publisher and a longtime friend of Trump, said Monday that Trump was considering removing Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who has been praised for his credibility by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
"Technically, the President of the United States can not obstruct justice", Gingrich said at the National Press Club in an event to promote his new book, "Understanding Trump".
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, tweeted Monday, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Mueller was interviewed by Trump to be FBI director on the day before Rosenstein tapped Mueller to run the Russian Federation investigation, Sanders said.
His comments sparked pushback on Twitter, with many noting that Gingrich had voted to impeach former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonGingrich: A president "cannot obstruct justice" Trump probe puts spotlight on Justice's No. 3 Starr: No obstruction case against Trump from evidence so far MORE, including an article that charged him with obstruction of justice.Obstruction of justice was the third article of impeachment against Bill Clinton in the House.
Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Ruddy did not speak with Trump about firing Mueller as special counsel and other White House aides suggested the Newsmax CEO was only speaking for himself. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".
But in a Politico report from 2011, Gingrich criticized liberals for blaming conservatives over the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who survived being shot in the head during a shooting at a constituent event in Tucson.
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.
Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".
Gingrich slammed Mueller, accusing him of packing his team with Trump opponents.
White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue. "Russian Federation is trying to meddle into our elections", House Speaker Paul Ryan said today in an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt Show".