Trump Reportedly Tried to Fire Robert Mueller
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had previously attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June.
Mueller, a former F.B.I director, was tapped last May to head the special counsel initiative to investigate possible ties between President Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian officials. Since beginning the investigation, Mueller has charged former National Security advisor Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and Rick Gates, all of whom were actively involved in Trump’s presidential bid.
In June, just one month after Mueller had begun his investigation, it was reported that Trump had highly considered firing Mueller, but ultimately dismissed the idea after White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn threatened to resign. Additionally, Trump had also explored firing Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, another prominent key figure who had hired Mueller to lead the investigation.
President Trump, currently in Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum, ultimately disregarded the New York Times article. When asked, he rebutted, “fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake news.” Trump has also expressed that he is willing to interview with Mueller under oath, saying to reporters that he is “looking forward [to the interview] it.”
Politicians from both sides of the aisle largely support Mueller’s effort to continue on with the investigation. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va), suggests that if Trump has nothing to hide, “[we] should let these investigations finish its job.” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) also added that Trump should allow Mueller’s investigation “work its course.”
While Mueller and his team of more than over 15 investigators are looking at multiple areas as part of the entire investigation, among them include obstruction of justice, illegal financial transactions, and more.