President Donald Trump on Thursday morning addressed a New York Times story on Twitter that reported he threatened to shut down special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into his campaign ties to Russia.
According to the Times, back in December Trump because “furious” after seeing news about subpoenas issued by Mueller to obtain information about his dealings with Deutsche Bank — and told advisers that Mueller’s investigation had to be stopped.
“If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” Trump contested in a tweet on Thursday:
If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
An interesting fact about Trump’s latest missive: that Times story is two days old, so he didn’t see it in this morning’s paper. You know what morning show covered it on Thursday? Not Fox & Friends….but CNN’s New Day! Trump is apparently self-flagellating again.
His tweet comes as his aides reportedly fear that he wants to fire Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, all for their handling of the Russia investigation.
Those urges run against the firm advice of Republican lawmakers, who have gone to great lengths to warn Trump against firing Mueller.
Meanwhile, Steve Bannon is back from Europe and in the mood to stir shit at home: he’s reportedly pitching the White House on a plan to end the probe.
His plan is simple:
1. Fire Rosenstein
2. Stop cooperating with Mueller
3. Invoke executive privilege so that previous White House staffer interviews with Mueller become null and void.
4. World domination
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