Trump lawyers looking into special counsel's potential conflicts of interest: reports

Trump lawyers looking into special counsel's potential conflicts of interest: reports
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE's team of lawyers are looking into potential conflicts of interest for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE and the investigators he has hired for his probe into Russian election meddling.

The Washington Post and The New York Times separately reported on Thursday that the president's attorneys are examining potential conflicts they could use to undercut or discredit the special counsel investigation. 

Among the conflicts of interest they're looking at are investigators' past donations to Democratic political candidates and Mueller's relationship with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE, whom Trump fired in May and who was previously charged with leading the Russia probe, according to the Times.

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Such conflicts of interest, if valid, could be used by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from an investigation, the Post reported.

Trump and his allies have pointed to Mueller's hiring of investigators with histories of donating to Democratic candidates as evidence that the special counsel's investigation is unfair. 

They have also said that Mueller's alleged friendship with Comey represents a conflict of its own. Mueller served as FBI director from 2001 until 2013, when Comey took charge of the bureau.

In an interview with the Times on Wednesday, Trump said Mueller has "many other conflicts," though he didn't specify any particular issues. 

Trump also left open the possibility that he could eventually fire Mueller and said the special counsel would cross a line if his investigation delves into the Trump family's finances.