Special counsel Robert Mueller's office and President Donald Trump's legal team are now proceeding with strategies that presume a presidential interview will likely not take place as part of the Russian Federation investigation, after months of talks between the two sides collapsed earlier this week, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
The president also called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators 'the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen'. Whatever the case Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on the Federal Bureau of Investigation raiding the offices, residence, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer.
The bipartisan bill was introduced days after President Trump appeared to dangle the possibility of firing Mueller, and one day after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president had been advised that he had the power to do so. Here's what to know.
Referring to the investigation as a "witch hunt", Trump added, "It's frankly a real disgrace".
Meanwhile, nearly seven in 10 adults say they support Mueller's focus on possible collusion with Russian Federation.
Trump's disdain for the excesses of the investigation has prompted speculation that the US president wants to fire Mueller and calls by Democrats in Congress for a law that would prevent Trump from doing so.
The bill also "preserves" any documents or materials related to the special counsel's investigation during that 10-day period.
Some Republicans sought to hit the brakes on the bill, but the decision from committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) shows there is a growing appetite among some in the GOP for a legislative response to President Trump's apparent willingness to fire the man leading the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's election meddling. But officials said the most probably target, if the president acts, would be Rosenstein.
"I think that it was absolutely unjustified and so unprofessional".
White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have told Mr Trump that firing Mr Mueller would leave him vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper", Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Agents are believed to be looking into a $130,000 payment that attorney Michael Cohen allegedly made just before the election to porn star Stormy Daniels. 'The president really goes off about him'.
Majorities of Democrats (82%) and independents (69%) - as well as Republicans (55%) - say the President should not fire Mueller.