Trump refutes claim that he wanted to fire Mueller previous year

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On CNN's "State of the Union," Collins said: "It certainly wouldn't hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories".

President Donald Trump is calling reports that he sought to fire special counselor Robert Mueller "fake news" as part of a denial of the report Friday.

McGahn did not threaten to resign to Mr. Trump, but communicated this frustration, and others brought to a head by the Mueller situation, to senior staff- primarily Priebus and Bannon.

Republican leaders showed no new urgency to address the matter, saying that the president's threats are isolated and in the past. His legal team said the president's comments took place as he "hurried" to leave for his trip for Switzerland and they have made clear that negotiations for an interview with Mueller are still ongoing.

"What do you think about that, do you even care?" she asked, sloughing off the entire story. McGahn has carried as much water for Donald Trump as anyone, and the Times pointedly notes that one of the main reasons he chose to take this fearless stand was his fear that firing Mueller would "incite more questions about whether the White House was trying to obstruct" the inquiry.

The timing at issue last summer was just a month after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May. However, then-Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters the following day, on June 13, that "while the president has the right to [fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so". "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won". Comey's firing is central to whether Trump may have committed obstruction of justice. A special counsel is a prosecutor appointed in extraordinary circumstances or in cases of conflicts of interest within the justice department. In that same month, Kellyanne Conway said "The president is not discussing firing Bob Mueller".

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The president also said Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for a law firm that previously represented the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Mueller was appointed to oversee the probe into allegations that the Trump campaign somehow colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in early May 2017.

Instead of a Trump-Mueller interview, Hamilton suggests the four-page FISA memo should be released to the public because it will likely blow up the Mueller investigation. "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake".

"It would be good to have legislation protecting all special counsels", Graham said, adding that he would be happy such a bill "tomorrow".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Two people told the New York Times that Trump expressed concern over three possible conflicts of interest, including a dispute Mueller had involving Trump National Golf Club, the law firm Mueller previously had worked at and the fact that Mueller had recently been interviewed to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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