(National Sentinel)Â Fake News: A report byÂ The New York Times on Thursday claimed that President Donald J. Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGhan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last summer, but that he refused to do so and said he would resign instead.
The paper noted:
The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.
First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the presidentâ€™s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May.
After receiving the presidentâ€™s order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead, the people said.
From Davos, Switzerland, where the president is attempting to represent the United States on a world economic stage, Trump dismissed the report as more “fake news” from the Times, which has a history of publishing reports about the president and his administration that have turned out to be false.
The Times’ report is not the first claiming that Trump was seeking to fire Mueller.
Before Christmas,Â Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sat down withÂ KQED Newsroom and claimed President Trump was soon going to fire Mueller.
The CaliforniaÂ lawmaker then toldÂ KQED Newsroom,Â â€œThe rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on December 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fireâ€¦Robert Mueller.â€
That claim turned out to be false, as Mueller remains on the job.
Investigative journalist Mike Cernovich voiced his skepticism about the Times report on Twitter, saying it was a purposeful distraction from breaking news surrounding alleged illegality involving Obama-era FBI and Justice Department operatives who may have abused the FISA court to improperly spy on Trump’s campaign.
“50,000 “missing” texts are evidence admissible in a court of law.Â The ‘story’ about Trump – 4 unnamed sources (who had the same hearsay from one alleged source) – wouldn’t be used in any court.Â The story, as per usual, is leaked by deep state to distract from their corruption,” he tweeted.
Also, Sara A. Carter,Â Fox NewsÂ contributor and an investigative journalist withÂ CircaÂ News,Â said sources have told her the contents of the memo are so â€œexplosiveâ€ they could spell a quick end to Muellerâ€™s probe of the Trump campaign and transition team.
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