White House assures Trump 'is not considering or discussing' firing Mueller

The White House on Sunday moved to quell speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE is considering firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE after Trump spent the weekend lambasting the federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. 

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“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," Trump's lawyer Ty Cobb said in a statement. 

Trump mentioned Mueller's name for the first time in his tweets over the weekend, going against the advice of his attorneys. 

The president's criticism began on Saturday after his personal lawyer John Dowd called on Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates MORE to end Mueller's investigation. 

 

 

Mueller reportedly subpoenaed the Trump Organization last week in addition to presenting the president's legal team with a series of questions for a potential interview with Trump, according to another report.

Trump told The New York Times last year that Mueller would be crossing a “red line” if his office began investigating his family’s finances with other countries outside of Russia.