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

The White House on Sunday moved to quell speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE is considering firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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 RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon 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.