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

The White House on Sunday moved to quell speculation that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE is considering firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened 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 RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members 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.