Report: Trump Ordered Firing of Mueller in June but Backed Off

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Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman write at the New York Times that President Donald Trump reportedly wanted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller but changed his mind after White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II threatened to quit instead of carrying out the order:

President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.

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