President Trump ordered the firing of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller last June according to a New York Times report on Thursday Jan. 25.
The report detailed a story from sources close to the White House claiming that Trump seeked to fire Mueller, the head of the special FBI investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump administration. The reports allege that Trump only backed down from firing Mueller after the White House counsel threatened to quit.
The order to fire Mueller came while Mueller was in the middle of an obstruction of justice investigation against the President himself. White House counsel Donald McGahn believed that firing Mueller would have been a disterous move for the President and thus threatened with his own resignation instead.
After this report came to light, conservative media outlets such as Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News rushed to dismiss the claims but later rescinded these dismissals after sources backed up the claims.
The President himself remains adamant that the story is indeed false, dismissing the claims as fake news when asked about them at a meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The White House has been asked repeatedly since last summer if the President sought to fire Mueller but the White House and President himself have denied any intentions to fire Mueller more than a dozen times since last July.