Another White House Official Denies Trump Wanted To Axe Mueller

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Don Mc Gahn may have been trying to save his own skin when he refused to fire special counsel Robert Mueller

"I think lying to the American people is a serious issue that has to be explored".

In December, the Ethics Committee cleared Nunes in its investigation into whether he had disclosed classified information to the Trump White House, creating an avenue for the California Republican to return to the helm of the panel's Russian Federation investigation.

President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two people directly familiar with the matter.

Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Democrat in the Senate, said the report detailing an effort by Trump to fire Mueller in June demonstrated the urgency for Congress to act.

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Trump reportedly directed White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, but backed off after McGahn threatened to quit over the order.

The New York Times was first to report that Trump called for Mueller's ouster in June 2017.

Yet Starr emphasized Trump does have the power to fire Mueller. "At the same time, I think the president is more inclined for transparency in this investigation".

"I don't know what happened back a year ago, but it's pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it'd be the end of President Trump's presidency if he fired Mr. Mueller, so I think we're in a good spot", he said.

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He added that four suspects have been arrested and are being questioned. He said a number of people were lying on the ground.

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" he was unaware of any efforts by the president to fire Mueller, and said the White House has been fully cooperating with the Russian Federation probe.

"Even after he knows that he is being looked at for obstruction of justice and has seen legal analysts talk about obstruction with the Comey firing he is still moving forward and doing what he can to influence that investigation", Mariotti said.

"I know that the president has been frustrated by this investigation", Short said. But Short stressed that despite media reports, he was not aware of any conversation in which Trump expressed a desire to fire Mueller. "I take lying to the American people very, very seriously, so absolutely", Starr told ABC's "This Week", when asked if Trump lying about the report would be grounds for impeachment. "No one - whether it be Administration officials, Republicans or the president himself - should get in the way and undermine the investigation, and so Democrats will seek to add protections for Mueller in the ongoing budget negotiations".

"Starr said the president is "very open" about his feelings on Mueller and his attitude of, "'I don't like this guy'".

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