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Trump's allies are already starting to talk about booting Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Less than a month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the independent investigation into the Trump team's possible ties to Russian election meddling, President Trump's allies already seem to be thinking about pushing Mueller out. Since Sunday evening, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, conservative pundit Ann Coulter, and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham have tweeted their doubts about Mueller.

Both Gingrich and Ingraham raised questions of how fairly Mueller will be able to carry out the investigation, while Coulter suggested a special counsel is unnecessary now that former FBI Director James Comey confirmed in his congressional testimony last week that Trump was not personally under investigation:

On Sunday, Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow refused to promise that the president would not fire Mueller. "I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise, but that again is an issue that the president with his advisers would discuss if there was a basis," Sekulow said.

Mueller has been steadily building up his team, recently adding on a top criminal law expert.