Trump says he's not planning to fire Robert Mueller

Posted December 18, 2017

Opponents of special counsel Robert Mueller ramped up their attacks over the weekend with a new claim that he improperly collected thousands of emails from President Trump's transition team and is using them as an illegitimate basis for much of his investigation.

"I was at dinner last night with the President and Vice President. I haven't heard anything about this, any firing", Mr. Mnuchin told CNN's "State of the Union".

The letter from attorney Kory Langhofer said that the Trump for America emails, including "portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege", were obtained and used by the special counsel "without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA's rights and privileges".

Comey, for his part, wrote a memo alleging Trump had asked him to drop his investigation into Flynn, an act which some say could constitute obstruction of justice and thus grounds for seeking Trump's impeachment. Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of collusion with Russia, though Mueller's investigation has found strong evidence of Russian meddling during the campaign and produced four criminal cases. "Nobody has said that in any way this impacted the election".

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"No, I'm not", Mr. Trump told reporters upon his arrival back at the White House. The Trump team complained these were illegally obtained, but Special Counsel's spokesman Peter Carr told various outlets that the process was perfectly legal. Short replied, "There's no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House".

"You guys keep bringing that up", he added when pressed on the issue.

GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt, who Langhofer blames along with other GSA career staff for providing the transition documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told Buzzfeed that Beckler didn't make a commitment to the transition team that requests from law enforcement for materials would be routed through transition lawyers. "But it certainly taints that season of it", Lankford said on CBS News's "Face the Nation".

Herein lies the possibility of a real "high noon showdown" between Trump and Mueller, with the president insisting that the special counsel limit his probe to matters pertaining to Russian interference in the election and Mueller demanding a broader scope for his investigation.

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"I believe that the President wants all of this shut down", she speculated during an appearance on KQED in California.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Republicans slammed the special counsel's office over what they said was the Democratic-leaning bias of some of its key lawyers and investigators.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted his own concerns on Friday, saying, "I'm increasingly anxious Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month". Trump's legal team has reacted with outraged claims of unconstitutional and illegal tactics, while Fox News hosts have begun wildly accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller of a "coup". In fact, Mueller may seek to rescue his investigation by baiting Trump into firing him.

The media site Axios first reported on the transfer of the emails to Mueller's team.

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"Well, it's a shame what's happened with the FBI", Trump said.