President Trump: “I’m Not” Considering Firing Robert Mueller, But It’s “Not Looking Good”
After a week of rumors, denials, whistleblowers, backlash, demands, threats, lies, bias, and anti-bias surrounding Robert Mueller and his investigation, President Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing the Special Counsel.
“No, I’m not,” Trump told reporters, when asked if he intended to fire Mueller, according to Politico.
The president was returning to the White House from a weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat.
Trump’s allies complained this weekend about the way Mueller’s team went about obtaining from the presidential transition. Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr said Sunday that the office had followed appropriate steps to obtain the transition emails. Pro-Trump lawmakers and pundits also have accused the special counsel’s office of bias after it was revealed that two FBI officials who previously served on Mueller’s team had exchanged anti-Trump text messages.
Additionally, as The Hill reports, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said he has no reason to believe President Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller amid the ongoing investigation into Russia’s election interference.
“I don’t have any reason to think that the president is going to do that, but that’s obviously up to him,” Mnuchin told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that the topic did not arise when he dined with Trump and Vice President Pence on Saturday night.
The finance chief argued, however, that the ongoing probe is “a giant distraction” that needs to wrap up “quickly.”
Going by Trump’s previous comments, we would not be surprised in the least if news breaks tomorrow of Mueller’s firing.