Trump Lawyer: President Will Not Fire Mueller

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Posted: Mar 19, 2018 7:30 AM
Trump Lawyer: President Will Not Fire Mueller

President Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, his attorney said Sunday night.

"In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller," Ty Cobb said in a statement. 

The statement comes after both a series of tweets from President Trump about Mueller and the president’s personal lawyer calling for an end to the probe. 

"The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!” Trump tweeted Saturday. 

“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!"

Trump’s messages came hours after Dowd issued a statement reacting to McCabe’s firing, saying: "I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe's boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier.”

While Dowd later clarified that he was not speaking on behalf of the White House, Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, nonetheless schooled Dowd over his statement. 

"I think the president's attorney frankly does him a disservice when he says that," Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday.” "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it."

A number of lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle also warned Trump not to call for Mueller’s firing, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who told CNN's "State of the Union” that if Trump “tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency.”