And now, this: Trump is reportedly considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to head the investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in interfering in the 2016 election.
"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy told PBS "NewsHour" when asked if Trump would let Mueller continue in his role in the Russian Federation probe. The next day, Comey said Trump summoned him to dinner to ask for his loyalty.
After Trump fired James Comey in an attempt to quash the Russian Federation scandal investigation, he warned the former FBI director that he'd "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
"I won't mince words, " Leahy told Rosenstein on Tuesday.
The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.
Mueller had earned the respect by both Democrats and Republicans during his 12-year leadership as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, serving both the Bush and Obama presidencies from 2001-2013.
Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears. Shanlon Wu, a defense lawyer in Washington and a former federal prosecutor, said that it made "perfect sense" that Mueller's investigation at this point would encompass any allegations of obstruction. The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies.
CNN's Jim Acosta reported Monday that Trump "is being advised" not to fire Mueller. This latest nugget of what Mueller is now investigating doesn't help at all.
Rosenstein told senators at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday that Mueller will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".
The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.
He believes he is above the law, ignores the emoluments clause, makes growing enemies lists, has an obsession with leaks, wants to toss offending reporters in prison, has White House spokesmen with little credibility, has his own jargon for lying (Nixon: "inoperable" statements; Trump: "alternative facts"), leaking false and manufactured information to the media during the campaign, and they even share a dirty trickster in Robert Stone. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.
Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen.
Ruddy issued a terse response directed at Spicer, but also admitted he didn't speak to Trump personally about this.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself". He declined to comment further on the substance of the Post's story.