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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Comey, a former Bush administration official who defiantly refused to go along with White House demands on warrantless wiretapping nearly a decade ago, took over last month for Robert Mueller, who stepped down after 12 years as agency director. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A Trump associate said the president is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller


UPDATE 10:53 a.m. EST:  Rod Rosenstein voiced support for Mueller on Capitol Hill.

UPDATE 10:27 a.m. EST:  Paul Ryan wants Mueller to proceed with his investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:  The White House denied a claim that President Trump is weighing having his deputy attorney general dismiss Special Counsel Robert Mueller, ABC News reported.

Mueller is currently leading a probe into whether or not Russian officials and operatives interfered in the 2016 presidential election. 

Newsmax Media CEO and Trump associate Chris Ruddy suggested the president might fire Mueller while speaking to PBS, saying Trump is “considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel, he's weighing that option."

Senior White House aides refuted the notion on Monday evening, saying that Ruddy did not have the authority to speak for Trump. 

Ruddy was at the White House earlier on Monday, but aides say that he did not speak with the president, but rather White House chief strategist and former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon. 

Mueller's appointment to lead the investigation into alleged Russian collusion came after Trump dismissed former FBI Director James Comey. 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Congress would take action if Mueller were fired.

Others online believe that Mueller has a problem in terms of impartiality. 

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