White House: No Plan To Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump isn’t thinking about or talking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

That’s the late word from White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who released a statement late Sunday after a series of Trump tweets led members of Congress and others to speculate that the president may be considering orchestrating Mueller’s firing.

Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – a probe Trump believes is politically motivated. Mueller is also looking at Trump for possible obstruction of justice related to his decision last May to fire James Comey as FBI director.

Cobb’s statement says: “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

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