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Trump pushes back reports of firing Special Counsel Mueller

29 January 2018

"No one - whether it be administration officials, Republicans or the President himself - should get in the way and undermine the investigation".

As ABC News reported in June, Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of President Trump and the CEO of the conservative media company Newsmax, told "PBS NewsHour" in a June 12 interview (video below) that the president was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel, he's weighing that option".

Special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators have interviewed roughly 50 people who work at the White House or were involved in Donald Trump's campaign.

CNN confirmed Tuesday that both former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been interviewed by the special counsel's team.

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And the complaint about Mueller's "conflicts" has become a leitmotif of Republican criticism of the special counsel's office, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And while perhaps nothing better illustrates the President's fundamental misunderstanding of the role of our executive branch than his conflation of obstruction with fighting back, he has displayed a dizzying and at times remarkable pattern of obstructionist behavior while in office.

By the afternoon, the paper added sidebars, including, "Trump's handling of the Russian Federation investigation has never looked more like a cover-up" and "These are probably the media reports that made Trump want to fire Mueller".

Among those contacts: the president allegedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him. I just don't see the corruption.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump was looking at firing the special counsel. By now, Trump and the White House have a whole carryout menu's worth of choices to try to use against Mueller, from charges that he failed to investigate a 2010 uranium sale, to charges he protected family members of Osama bin Laden, to charges that he and his staff are infested with Democrats simply hounding Trump out of partisan animus.

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But Trump and aides have come up with causes in the past to take action against people they wanted to fire. In that same month, Kellyanne Conway said "The president is not discussing firing Bob Mueller". Also, there were some issues over fees at one of Trump's golf courses and that Mueller had worked for a law firm that represented Jared Kushner at some time, Kushner being Trump's son-in-law.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I personally think it would be a very significant mistake". A spokesman for the special counsel also declined to comment.

Trump who has been in the news for all the wrong reason since the day he announced his campaign for the presidency, has become more volatile and unpredictable after becoming the president of the united states.

And in a really telling paragraph in its report Thursday night, the Times noted that Trump also considered firing someone else at the top of the Russian Federation probe: Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the man who appointed Mueller and who Trump has suggested is a Democrat, so that the No. 3 person in the Justice Department could take oversight of Mueller's probe.

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This is worth unpacking, because in this brief comment, Trump is very almost admitting to obstructing justice.

Trump pushes back reports of firing Special Counsel Mueller