Trump interviewed Robert Mueller for Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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.

Mueller was succeeded by James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

The rumor that Trump is seeking to fire Mueller emanated from an interview that Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a close Trump confidant, gave to PBS Newshour.

In the same interview, Ruddy said that the president was considering terminating Mueller as special counsel.

Ruddy added, "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake".

Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of conservative group Newsmax Media, Mr Ruddy was at the White House on Monday, but United States media reported that he did not meet Mr Trump while there. Ruddy however, doubled down on the idea, telling NBC in a statement Spicer's statement was "bizarre" and doesn't deny his claim. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything related to the 2016 election, that authority would fall on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is standing behind Mueller.

Trump's attorney took to ABC News to say he wouldn't "speculate" on whether or not Trump would fire Mueller. "I think there's a conflict there".

This apparent effort to lay the groundwork for Mueller's firing raises a key question: Could the president do it? "If so, I infinite dare (Trump) to fire the special counsel", he tweeted.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "Mr".

During a hearing on Tuesday before a joint House and Senate appropriations subcommittee, Rosenstein was asked whether he had seen any evidence of that. Trump can rescind the regulation that establishes the burden of "good cause" for such a firing, or he could simply fire Rosenstein and install someone more to his liking. "I know for a fact that he was under consideration and that the President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel".

Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: "Double dare exists".

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.

Mr Trump can not directly dismiss Mr Mueller. Sessions is set to discuss the scope of his recusal from the Russian investigation, any meetings he had with Russian officials as a surrogate of the Trump campaign and the circumstances around the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

They say Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe. Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, have backed Mueller and said there's no reason to fire him.