A bombshell new report says that President Trump did in fact want Robert Mueller fired, but he backed off when the White House counsel threatened to quit over the order.
Trump ordered the firing of Mueller, who is the special counsel leading the investigation into his campaign’s Russia ties, in June last year, according to the New York Times.
The president reportedly backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn “threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.”
What’s more, Mueller recently found out about the president’s attempts to have him fired after his investigators interviewed White House officials as part of his investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.
Trump reportedly pointed to multiple conflicts of interest he thought existed regarding Mueller (including an old golf club membership dispute), but McGahn still refused to carry out the directive to fire the special counsel — and reassured White House staffers that the president would not do it himself:
Mr. McGahn disagreed with the president’s case. He also told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency and would incite more questions about whether the White House was trying to obstruct the Russia investigation. Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own. The president then backed off.
The bombshell report that Trump tried to fire the man investigating him predictably sent Twitter into a meltdown, but not everyone was impressed: Sean Hannity claimed on his Fox News show that the Times is trying to distract you from more important news.
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