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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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 ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom 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.