Trump considered firing Mueller, source says

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Report: Trump Ordered Firing Of Mueller In June, Back Down Because Of White House Lawyer

The saga around Trump's desire to to fire the special counsel isn't the first time McGahn has been a key player in the inner workings of the White House.

The New York Times and other outlets reported that Mr Trump backed off his attempt to fire Mr Mueller last June only after White House lawyer Don McGahn refused to relay his directive to the Justice Department and threatened to quit if Mr Trump pressed the issue.

On the Fox News website Friday morning, the Mueller news was presented with the parody-like headline: "Trump Denies trying to fire Mueller; Obama-Farrakhan photo kept hidden for more than a decade".

When it comes to the Russian Federation scandal, and particularly the question of obstruction of justice, he may be undone by his own big mouth.

Strzok, who was romantically involved with Page, was a member of the FBI team investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and, later, a member of Mueller's special counsel operation.

Republican leaders have downplayed the report's significance, suggesting Trump's volatility may have led to a momentary indiscretion but it was ultimately of no outcome since Mueller continues to lead the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

"Starr said the president is "very open" about his feelings on Mueller and his attitude of, "'I don't like this guy'". "And if there is evidence of an underlying crime of collusion, I think you could see Mueller move very quickly".

Mueller's investigators have been focusing their inquiry on questions surrounding Trump's firing of Flynn and also his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

The report follows developments that the special counsel interviewed attorney general Jeff Sessions for several hours last week. Back in 2008, then-President George W. Bush appointed McGahn to the Federal Election Commission on which he served until 2013. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".

Eric Columbus, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general under Obama, explained on Twitter why we should not expect any criminal charges against Trump, despite a growing chorus of pundits and Democratic politicians predicting that Mueller is building an obstruction of justice case.

Among those contacts: the president allegedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him. If Trump didn't collude with Russian Federation - or doesn't have some other criminal secret to hide - it's hard to see what his corrupt intent would be in an obstruction case.

The Collins flip is strong indication that if a bill to protect the Special Counsel was brought to the Senate floor for a vote, it stands a good chance of passing.

The president is expected to be interviewed soon by Mueller's team.

For instance, let's take the firing of James Comey.

"Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency", said Sen.

The president also believed Mr Mueller had a conflict of interest because he worked for the same law firm that was representing Mr Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

His lawyers convinced him it was a bad idea and eventually Trump pledged to work with Mueller's office, which they said he has done.

Did you want to fire Robert Mueller? I think he's weighing that option.

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