Trump considered firing Mueller, source says

GOP senators call on Trump to show restraint in Russia probe

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US Senate Democrats have demanded that lawmakers act to protect special counsel Robert Mueller after revelations that President Donald Trump sought to oust him past year from overseeing the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In June 2016, U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly attempted to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

With the exception of maybe Donald Trump's children, Sean Hannity at Fox News has been by far the most loyal person to Donald Trump since he was sworn in as President and sometimes that loyalty can get you in a bit of trouble.

All those comments have been rendered, to use a term made famous by Richard Nixon's Watergate-era press secretary, "inoperative".

"I'm sure that there will be an investigation around whether or not President Trump did try to fire Mr Mueller".

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Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and potential obstruction of justice related to the investigation. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said in August that a bill to keep Trump from firing Mueller was uncalled for "because I don't think it's going to happen". Nor would you discuss ousting Sessions' number two, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Since then, Mr Trump has largely stopped talking about explicitly trying to fire Mr Mueller, but has instead shifted to accusing Mr Mueller and his team of being biased and unable to complete a fair investigation. If it's determined that the objective of it was to end the investigation, that could be a piece in a possible obstruction of justice case.

The news about Trump's alleged discrediting campaign comes day nearly a day after the New York Times revealed the president ordered Mueller's firing last June but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directions.

These are not the actions of someone with nothing to hide.

Mr McGahn was also concerned that firing the special counsel would incite more questions about whether the White House was trying to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

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As of Friday afternoon, Republicans in Congress were not exactly rushing to promote legislation protecting the special counsel, even as their Democratic colleagues urged them to do so. One requires a judicial review to ensure any firing was appropriate. Nor would he attempt to axe other officials high up in the investigation.

Both measures stalled months ago. I think that, as I said, he's never intimated that one way or another to me.

Actually, the time to protect Mueller is right now - before, not after, another Saturday Night Massacre.

Hannity said he was unwilling to rely on the Times, which he said relies too often on anonymous sources.

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