Trump lawyer Cobb says Mueller 'won't be fired' by Trump, dispelling 'rumor'
Trump lawyer Cobb says Mueller ‘won’t be fired’ by Trump, dispelling ‘rumor’
President Trump’s legal counsel Ty Cobb says the president is not going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in response to a “rumor” that Trump will dismiss Mueller this week.
“Mueller will not be fired,” Cobb told Fox News on Saturday.
Speculation about whether Trump will fire Mueller started after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in a local TV interview Friday that “the rumor on the Hill” was Trump was going to fire Mueller at the end of this week, after members had left Washington for Christmas break.
Mueller was appointed earlier this year as a Justice Department special counsel to determine whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race.
The federal investigation and others in Congress have indeed been a drag on the Trump administration’s first-year political agenda, which had led to speculation that Trump wants to fire Mueller to conclude the probe.
Speier also suggested in the interview that firing Mueller would cause a constitutional crisis and trigger an impeachment effort. And she speculated that Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence committee’s Russia probe.