Donald Trump has ‘no intention’ of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, says White House
President Donald Trump has no intention of dismissing the special council to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, although he questioned the official’s impartiality during an interview, the White House said on Friday.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that while Trump “retains the authority” to return to a special lawyer Robert Mueller, “he does not intend to do so.”
Trump has expressed concern in a television interview on Fox News on Friday in what he said was the close relationship between former FBI director James Comey and Mueller, who was appointed to take over Russia’s investigation after Trump has dismissed Comey.
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“She’s very, very good friend of Comey, which is annoying,” said Trump Fox News. “Look, there has not been any obstruction.” There was no collusion.
Lawmakers investigating alleged Russian interference during the 2016 US election raised questions about whether the Comey May 9 shot was an attempt to stop Russia’s Trump Probe.
While White House officials have said that the layoffs were due to concern about Comey actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump said in an interview that Russia’s investigation was one of his concerns during the action.
But the president insists that his campaign has no connivance with Russia and that his Comey shot has not obstructed justice.
“There has been no collusion, no obstruction and almost everyone is committed to it,” said Trump Fox, adding that Mueller “is an honorable man and, hopefully, find an honorable solution.”
Russia denies blending with the United States presidential election.
In excerpts from a separate interview, Trump has criticized President Barack Obama for inaction on Russia’s interference.
“Well, I just heard for the first time today that Obama knew Russia well before the election, and nothing has been done,” Trump said, according to excerpts from an interview with Fox News that will air on Sunday.
In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, Jeh Johnson, who headed the Department of Homeland Security under Obama, said his department had warned against piracy in the electoral database.
When asked why the Obama administration had done more to warn the public, he said: “We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the elections, injecting us a very heated campaign.”