WH says Trump has 'no intention' of firing Mueller, despite criticism
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 0:45
That special counsel, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, is now reportedly investigating Mr Trump's own actions in a probe that could dog his presidency for the foreseeable future.
Earlier this month, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was sacked by the president "because of the Russian investigation".
"You read all about it and I've been reading about it, the last couple of months, the seriousness and awful situation with surveillance all over the place", Trump told "Fox and Friends" co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt about Comey during an interview, alongside First Lady Melania Trump, at the White House on Thursday.
Trump had raised the possibility of tapes in May when he fired Comey, who was heading the FBI investigation into alleged Russia's meddling in the November 8 2016 USA presidential election.
With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea... That special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is now reportedly investigating Trump's own actions in a probe that could dog his presidency for the foreseeable future.
But he largely appeared to close the saga that began in May after he fired Comey, then the head of an investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russian officials.
Fox News Channel released excerpts late Thursday after interviewing the president at the White House. Several Trump allies aired criticism of Mueller earlier this month, with one of Trump's friends telling PBS that Trump was mulling letting Mueller go.
The White House has sometimes treated the issue of tapes jokingly. Advisers who speak to Trump regularly have said he had not mentioned the existence of tapes during their conversations.
President Donald Trump is laying the groundwork to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired, or to discredit him so successfully he will be seen as biased and damaged, forcing him to resign.
Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Trump is doing himself no favors at this point, lawyers say.