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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Trump says he can fire Mueller, denies wanting to


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President Trump denied a report that he wanted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December. (EVAN VUCCI/AP)
President Trump denied a report that he wanted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December but asserted he could do so if he chooses.
“If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!,” he posted on Twitter Thursday morning.
The report said that Trump was angry about claims that Mueller’s office had subpoenaed the German bank Deutsche Bank about his business dealings, though backed off when his advisers learned that the reports were not entirely accurate.
Trump has publicly slammed the Russia investigation into election meddling and connections to his campaign as corrupt, and reportedly considered firing Mueller in June before White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.
Trump cannot actually dismiss the Special Counsel, who is under the authority of Deputy Attorney General Rod Roasenstein, but could fire Rosenstein and pave the way for Mueller’s firing.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed after Trump fired James Comey from the FBI. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Doing so would send shockwaves through a Washington that has watched as the probe has moved closer to Trump’s inner circle, with indictments of major campaign figures such as Paul Manafort and a raid of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen by investigators in New York.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said this week that Trump firing Mueller “would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we're a rule-of-law nation.”
It is unclear whether other Republicans in power on Capitol Hill would react strongly to such a move, though some groups are already promising to call people into the streets.
Left activist group MoveOn.org has said that 300,000 people have pledged to go to “rapid response” rallies in the event of Mueller’s firing or Trump pardons for key witnesses, which it says will create a constitutional crisis.

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