Last summer, President Donald Trump called for special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired but was stopped after White House counsel Don McGahn II threatened to resign in protest, according to a new bombshell report.
According to the report, Trump moved to fire Mueller as news broke last year that his investigation would be looking into possible obstruction charges, soon after “the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation.”
The conflicts of interest that Trump argued Mueller had included a fee dispute at the president’s National Golf Club in Virginia and that “Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner,” the report states.
The report claims that members of the White House have worked to calm the president’s nerves regarding the ongoing investigation, as Mueller continues to creep closer into Trump’s inner circle.
The president’s lawyers keep ensuring the president the investigation is “close to ending.”
The Times’s report comes just a day after the president said he’d sit for an “under oath” interview with Mueller’s team, adding he’s “looking forward” to it.
Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer, on Thursday, walked back Trump’s comments, stating the president simply “spoke hurriedly.”