Trump Wants To Fire ‘Very Bothersome’ Special Counsel Robert Mueller
In a new interview with “Fox & Friends” from the White House on Friday, President Trump signaled that he might fire the “very bothersome” special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating his possible ties to Russia because he is “very, very good friends” with fired FBI Director James Comey.
Trump also argues that Mueller has hired Hillary Clinton supporters and people who worked for his 2016 White House opponent to work on his investigation, a situation he describes as “ridiculous.”
“There has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion,” Trump told Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt. “There has been leaking by Comey, but there has been no collusion, no obstruction — and virtually everybody agrees to that.”
“I can say the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters,” he added. “Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton — I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth from that standpoint.”
Trump complained that Mueller, who served as FBI director under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was close friends with his predecessor, James Comey.
“Well he’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome,” Trump said. “We’re going to have to see.”
Mueller is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey last month after asking him to scale back the FBI’s Russia probe.
“Robert Mueller is an honorable man, so hopefully he’ll come up with an honorable solution,” Trump said.
The president has complained on Twitter that the FBI and congressional probes of his campaign and longstanding financial ties to Russia are “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history,” which he claims was “led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
Trump has also cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that have alleged Russia interfered with the presidential election through propaganda “active measures” and hacking.
He calls those allegations “fake news,” while also accusing Obama of not doing enough to stop those Russian efforts to disrupt the election.
Trump also discussed his tweet Thursday acknowledging that he did not tape conversations with Comey, who he fired earlier this year.
For more than a month, Trump suggested tapes of his conversations in the White House with Comey might have existed.
On Friday, he said they didn’t.
“Well I didn’t tape him,” he said. “I don’t have any tapes, and I didn’t tape, but when he found out that there may be tapes out there, whether its governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” Trump said.
Fox reporter Ainsley Earnhardt suggested that keeping the tapes was “a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 23, 2017