Former CIA chief: Officials should ‘refuse’ to fire Mueller if Trump asks
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Former CIA Director John Brennan said he believes if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, officials should refuse to do so. Those orders would be “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch, he said.

“First of all, I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that are again inconsistent with what this country is all about,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum.

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“I would just hope this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans and Democrats are going to see that the future of this country is at stake, and there needs to be some things done for the good of the future,” he continued.

Brennan’s comments come as tension between President Trump and Mueller, who was appointed to lead the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has mounted in recent days.

Trump warned Mueller in a New York Times interview on Wednesday not to look into his past business transactions, however Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Mueller was already delving into Trump’s financial ties.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Trump’s legal team was exploring ways to use what they say are Mueller’s conflicts of interests to benefit the president in the investigation.

Mueller has wide bipartisan support despite Trump's criticism. Brennan, who served during the Obama administration, expressed his confidence in Mueller at the forum, saying “they don’t come any better.”