The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, deflected the question in a House committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.
The Deputy Attorney General also said he would not follow any orders to fire special counsel Mueller unless there is a good reason and the orders are lawful.
Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be involved in the firing of James Comey as FBI director given Sessions' recusal from any investigation into Trump's campaign.
Appearing before the senate appropriations sub-committee in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Rosenstein said that Mr Mueller would be given the independence needed to do his job.
"The President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel", Ruddy told PBS on Monday in the same interview where he said Trump was "considering terminating" Mueller as special counsel.
On Monday, a Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, suggested that the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.
"When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being not able to deliver us the truth about an issue we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. Rosenstein last month appointed a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. Ruddy is definitely on Trump's side, reminding viewers on CNN that "there is no evidence of wrongdoing, there's no evidence of collusion, there's no evidence of obstruction".
But Ruddy opened a new line of questions about Mueller's impartiality - the fact that Trump had considered Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job before he was named special counsel. Rosenstein said there was no detailed document under questioning from Sen.
The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.