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.
Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the President Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though President Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.
Aides to President Donald Trump are becoming frustrated his own actions have led to a reported investigation of him for obstruction of justice, The Daily Beast reported.
'And I think it would be odd that he would have a private conversation and then become the prosecutor of the person he might be investigating'.
While Ryan did not say what he and other GOP lawmakers would do if Trump sought to fire Mueller, his words signaled that such a move would not be tolerated and may have been meant to influence the president.
Trump ally Dick Morris told Politico on Monday: "I think the idea of having an enemy when you're the object of a special prosecutor is a very important one".
Mr Mueller, who was tasked by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with overseeing the justice department's investigation, has started selecting members of his team, many of them criminal law experts. Sessions has recused himself from the investigation.
Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".
"I think the best advice is to let Robert Mueller do his job", Ryan told reporters Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with House Republicans. So who decides where the line is, because that seems to be about a particular thing, and now we have a special counsel, and we have multiple investigatory processes going on.
US attorney general to face questions on Comey firing, Russia
In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey . Reed said Sessions would be asked about any undeclared meetings he might have had with Russians.
The New York Times then advanced speculation that Trump would fire Mueller.
In Mueller's case, Trump would have to ask Rosenstein to do the firing.
If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.
If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. But the president's allies have since changed their opinion, calling for Mueller to be removed as the special counsel, stating that he shares a close friendship with Comey for the last 15 years.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Ruddy's statement, saying he does not speak for the president. Legal experts say that only a Justice official who has been confirmed by the Senate, as Bork had been, would have the authority to fire Mueller. "One of them worked for the Clinton Foundation", Gingrich said on CBS' "This Morning."
Mueller has served multiple presidents in both parties.
BRENNAN: President Trump ignored questions about Mueller's fate. Mr. Trump ignoring shouted questions today.
Meanwhile, Mr Gingrich, also on Twitter, said: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair". Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey implored Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but Sessions didn't respond.