It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments.
The criticism of Mueller takes several forms.
But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.
Top House GOP leaders appeared frustrated at the news conference about the multiple questions about Mueller's probe and what might happen if he were forced out of his position. He said Trump had called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns about the probe.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein at a budget hearing Tuesday what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the USA elections and possible Russian ties to Trump's campaign. I want to know how he believes he can credibly lead the Justice Department for which he has requested $28.3 billion amid such distressing questions about his actions and his integrity.
"I'm not a flak for the White House".
"Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
As Mr Mueller builds his legal team, Mr Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality, suggesting he can not be trusted to lead the probe.
Trump also had other issues on his mind on Tuesday as reflected in his tweets, the Russian Federation probe among them, as he sought to deflect attention towards Hillary Clinton and the investigation into her use of a private email server that came up during fired FBI director James Comey's testimony last week. The interview was first reported by PBS.
Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.
"I always speak for myself and not the president".
With few exceptions, Trump's allies are urging him not to move to dismiss Mueller, which would be both politically and technically complicated. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said".
Democratic senators on the committee attempted to clarify the boundaries of Sessions' recusal, something they say is unclear.
In the memo in question, Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.