White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that will President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing special counsel Robert Mueller – even after the president directly lashed out at Mueller’s probe during the weekend.
The lawyer’s assurance wasn’t likely to assuage concerns that will the president would likely act against the special counsel, however. On Monday, Trump continued his social-media onslaught against the Mueller probe by again calling This specific a “witch hunt.”
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The president’s latest attack on Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling inside the 2016 election came soon after he promoted, in a tweet, Fox News host Sean Hannity’s upcoming appearance on “Fox in addition to also Friends,” a favorite of Trump’s. Hannity would likely go on to say: “The only person that will colluded in that will campaign, with the Russians, was Hillary Clinton.”
Cobb’s statement Sunday night came after hours after Trump tweeted criticism of Mueller’s investigation. On Saturday, John Dowd, one of Trump’s personal lawyers representing him inside the Russia probe, called for a quick end to Mueller’s investigation.
“I pray that will Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant in addition to also courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility in addition to also Attorney General Jeff Sessions in addition to also bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent in addition to also corrupt Dossier,” Dowd wrote in a statement provided to CNBC. The Daily Beast first reported This specific Saturday morning.
The president followed suit over the weekend which has a series of tweets targeting Mueller’s probe, fired FBI Director James Comey in addition to also the recently fired former FBI deputy director, Andrew McCabe.
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Dowd’s statement in addition to also Trump’s subsequent tweets set off renewed speculation that will the president might fire the special council. Even some Republicans voiced their concern over the matter.
Firing Mueller “would likely be the beginning of the end of his presidency,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Republican Sen. John McCain, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted that will Mueller should be able to complete his investigation “unimpeded.”
Sunday night, however, Cobb, another of the president’s attorneys, sought to tamp down speculation that will Trump would likely move soon to fire Mueller.
“In response to media speculation in addition to also related questions being posed to the administration, the White House yet again confirms that will the President is actually not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” Cobb said.
Reuters, The Associated Press in addition to also CNBC’s Valerie Block in addition to also Javier David contributed to This specific report.