In June, as reports started to emerge that the Russia investigation included suspicions that US President Donald Trump obstructed justice, Trump reportedly ordered to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but eventually backed off after the White House counsel threatened to resign, The New York Times reported Thursday. Trump on Friday dismissed the report as ‘fake news.’
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US President Donald Trump ordered in June to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, but ultimately backed off after the White House counsel threatened to resign, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
According to four sources mentioned in the report, when Trump found out that Mueller was looking into possible obstruction of justice by the president, he began to argue that Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from being in charge of the investigation.
After receiving Trump’s order to fire Mueller, Donald F. McGahn, the White House counsel, reportedly refused to comply and said he would resign instead, prompting Trump to back off.
When asked about the report on Friday morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump told reporters, “Fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories.”