White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.
"I'm confident that he has full confidence", Rosenstein said.
With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated.
Asked in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing if there was any cause to fire Mueller, Rosenstein flatly replied: "No".
When Ruddy declined, Spicer issued his own statement.
'With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment'.
"I think it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, but I also think the basis of his investigation is flim-flam", he said.
The speaker listed the policy issues that congressional Republicans were focused on like a bill on the House floor this week to improve accountability for veterans' health care, telling reporters, "We are focused on solving people's problems".
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"There is no secret plan that involves me", Rosenstein said.
Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller". "I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him". "It wouldn't matter to me what anybody said".
"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren".
"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".
"I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said. "They have had a lot of fumbles". "Could we have as many pro-Trump lawyers as we have anti-Trump lawyers?" Trump surrogates like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich don't believe Trump would take such an explosive step.
Rosenstein said he was the only Justice Department official who could dismiss Mueller because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from oversight of the Russian investigation because of his staunch support of Trump during the campaign and later revelations that he had met twice with Russia's ambassador to Washington.
The pressing question of whether the president even has the authority to fire Mueller was addressed early Tuesday morning as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before a different senate committee.
"This is an illegitimate special council", Ruddy said.
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