After President Donald Trump tore into the Russia investigation with a series of tweets over the weekend, the White House director of legislative affairs told CNN that he couldn’t “predict what the future holds” regarding special counsel Robert Mueller.
During a Sunday interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Marc Short dodged questions about the Mueller investigation and he wouldn’t rule out his firing. Short made similar comments on CNN Monday, though he did confirm that there are “no plans to fire Robert Mueller.”
“The way we look at it is, every day, there’s a different vigil, prayer vigil it seems on CNN. ‘Is today the day that Robert Mueller is going to get fired?’” Short told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “We’ve been doing this for months. The President has no intention of firing Robert Mueller. The reality is we’re frustrated and we feel like we’ve complied in every possible way with this investigation and it continues to drag on, but there are no plans to fire Mueller.”
“It’s impossible to say what the future is going to hold because you never know how far off it’s going to veer as far as the investigation,” Short added.
Cuomo pressed Short, saying if he were with another administration, he might just openly call for a special counsel to be allowed to finish the investigation without interference.
“Let’s talk about other administrations,” he said. “Other administrations have expressed similar frustrations with special counsels. That’s why there were multiple appeals to appoint a special counselor in the Obama years during a lot of different scandals that they chose not to do because we’ve seen time and again that special counsels have no boundaries and they go way beyond the scope of the initial investigation.”
While Trump has avoided making any public calls for Mueller’s firing, he has called out Mueller personally, tweeting last month that the probe should have never started.