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No, Trump Did Not "Deny" Reports That He Tried to Fire Mueller

29 January 2018

If there was any remaining doubt about Donald Trump's corrupt intentions and disdain for the truth, it vanished with the revelation that he would have fired special counsel Robert Mueller had his own White House lawyer not threatened to resign.

There are now several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the House and Senate and by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Two people told the Times that Trump expressed concern over three possible conflicts of interest, including a dispute Mueller had involving Trump National Golf Club, the law firm Mueller previously had worked at acted for President's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the fact that Mueller had recently been interviewed to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly threatened to quit if President Donald Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller.

Defending the president, White House legislative director Marc Short said he did not know if Mr Trump would sign legislation that would make it harder to fire Mr Mueller.

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The story - which Trump told reporters in Davos, Switzerland, was "fake news" on Friday - has once again given the appearance that Trump has sought to obstruct justice as the FBI investigates his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Not only that, Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he was looking forward to giving an interview to Mueller under oath.

The report comes as Mueller moves ever closer to interviewing Trump himself.

According to his biography on the FEC website, McGahn worked at a Washington law firm and specialized in election law and was previously the general counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Illinois Republican Party. If Trump has done nothing wrong, an exoneration by Mueller would be an enormous boost to his presidency, vindicating him and devastating his Democratic critics.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates and the Kremlin colluded during the 2016 presidential election.

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Co-host Pete Hegseth said the story "screams of a leak from the special counsel".

In the Mueller instance, as in other potential firing cases, senior staff acknowledged the president with nods, but did not take action, in hopes Mr. Trump would simmer down or forget, sources tell Garrett.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May by the Justice Department after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation.

"In addition to the interviews, Mueller likely has the text messages, emails and other communications that will provide a fuller context to what led to this (attempt to fire Mueller) and the decision to dismiss former FBI Director James Comey", Hosko said. "Based on his statements from the last couple weeks, he and his lawyers appear to be cooperating with Mueller".

Mueller's focus on possible obstruction emerged in fuller view earlier this week, when the Justice Department acknowledged that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been interviewed for several hours by Mueller's team.

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No, Trump Did Not