"So, Comey's a liar and a coward, because Trump never said 'I hope you let Flynn go, '" Colbert summarized, noting that it's too bad nobody told that to Donald Trump Jr., who went on Fox News and "completely contradicted everything Donald Trump just said".
The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy's claims. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment".
Allies of the president cast doubt on the idea that Trump would take such a drastic step, and White House officials said Ruddy had not met directly with the president while he was there.
Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Trump has been known, in moments of frustration and stress, to vent threats of action to members of his inner circle.
Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly?
Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary. Such a firing must come from the attorney general, according to the Code of Federal Regulations, which would be Rosenstein, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. In his testimony, Rosenstein made it clear that he would not follow a presidential order to fire Mueller unless he thought there was a good cause.
Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director James Comey cryptically told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. A spokesman for Kasowitz declined to comment. "Don't waste our time". "Look who he is hiring", tweeted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.
Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.
Because Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation over his connection to Trump's campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador, it was Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.
"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.
Ruddy, who has consistently said he speaks for himself, told "PBS NewsHour" host Judy Woodruff that he had spoken with Trump last week.
"There are some real conflicts".
"He is being advised by many people not to do it", the source said.
Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron. And you wonder if - it's unusual to me, and I've done a lot of cases for 40 years of practicing law nearly, and at the highest levels, including the Supreme Court - that you have a situation - I think this is unprecedented, where the testimony was reviewed, it was then discussed, and then it was - part of that testimony, a large part of it was based on leaked information.
On ABC News' "This Week," attorney Jay Sekulow evaded a direct question about whether Trump would promise not to interfere with the probe run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.