White House stresses Trump has 'no intention' of firing Mueller

The White House on Monday stressed that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE does not plan to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE after the president said the Russia investigation was “based on an illegal act.”

“As we’ve said many times before, we have no intention of firing the special counsel,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

“We've been beyond cooperative with them, we're continuing to cooperate with them," she added.

Sanders was responding to Trump’s provocative tweet from last Friday about the probe into whether his campaign colluded with Russia in that country's election-interference efforts in 2016.

James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended Trump says he's 'very strongly' considering commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence MORE illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council? Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act? Really, does everybody know what that means?” he wrote.

The tweet came in response to reports that the Justice Department is investigating Comey, the former FBI director, for providing memos to a friend that the government later determined contained classified information.

Sanders said on Monday that Trump was simply reiterating his belief that the Russia probe is a “total witch hunt” and not previewing any personnel moves.

“It was a false premise that this entire thing started on,” she said.