NYT: Trump ordered firing of Mueller as Special Counsel, but one thing made him change his mind

President Donald Trump actually once ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, according to a Thursday report from the New York Times.

But one thing that prevented the political quake from reverberating throughout the national landscape was that White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II threatened to quit if the order was executed.

(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The presidential decision was reportedly made in June, according to the Times. The report states:

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.

McGahn was instructed to carry out the alleged presidential decision, but threatened to quit instead, according to the Times:

After receiving the president’s order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead, the people said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.

The news prompted a wave of reaction:

Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the Times report was intended to “change the story.”

“Our sources, they’re not confirming that tonight,” Hannity said.

President Trump is currently overseas in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, and the White House is yet to directly refute the New York Times report.


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