But privately, there's little for the White House to be so confident about.
News of Trump's brush with firing Mueller came as reports emerged suggesting the investigation is increasingly focused on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice in firing former FBI Director James Comey.
The report comes a day after Facebook said, in written replies provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, between the targeting efforts of Trump's campaign and that of a Russian propaganda unit called the Internet Research Agency. It does not name the people nor provide a breakdown of how many were interviewed by Mueller's team.
It was a topic that several White House officials have been asked about. Trump not only repeated Dowd's words in front of two other White House officials, but also reportedly said he would have to "fight back harder". She said Mr. Trump was "very sympathetic" of Dreamers.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, another prominent Republican, said she had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to whom the special counsel reports and who would have to sign off on any attempt to dismiss him. Those will include the president's elder son.
In explaining his urge to fire Mueller, The Times, citing two people, said the President said there was a conflict of interest based on Mueller's dispute with one of his golf clubs over fees, the fact that Mueller worked at the same law firm that was representing Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and that Mueller interviewed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director position the day before he was named special counsel.
Here's the thing, though: He won't let the staff of his counterparts in the Senate Intelligence Committee - which, like the House Intelligence Committee, is chaired by a Republican - see the memo.
Trump himself said in a surprise appearance on Wednesday that he is looking forward to giving a personal interview to Mueller, under oath.
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White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who is representing the presidency in the Mueller probe, declined comment, citing respect for special counsel.
On Sunday, Graham said he'd be "glad to pass it tomorrow" but clarified that he thinks "it would be good to have legislation protecting all special counsels".
Strzok was reassigned from the probe after he was found to have sent anti-Trump text messages.
"He talked with his counsel, who explained to an angry and frustrated president why it was a bad idea", Collins said.
In December, the Ethics Committee cleared Nunes in its investigation into whether he had disclosed classified information to the Trump White House, creating an avenue for the California Republican to return to the helm of the panel's Russian Federation investigation.
This story appears through a media sharing agreement with Bangor Daily News. Congressional Republicans show zero interest, and they're the ones in charge. The investigation got bigger and more risky. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin told CNN that "it's premature for [Congress] to go down that road".
The panel voted last week to allow House lawmakers to view the memo in the committee's secure spaces.