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The glaring problem with Trump's dismissal of the Mueller story

The glaring problem with Trump's dismissal of the Mueller story

Yesterday, the New York Times published a story stating that back in June, President Donald Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller but only backed off when members of the White House Special Council threatened to quit.

Amid the first wave of 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 inquiry, two of the people said.

Trump dismissed the New York Times' report, which suggested that he sought to fire Mueller in June - shortly after the special counsel took over the investigation, as the "typical" type of story the newspaper would run.

But the President never went through with the order, according to the Times report, because White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit instead of carrying out the order.

Mr Mueller was appointed special counsel in May by the Justice Department after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russia investigation.

"There's no collusion whatsoever", Trump said during an impromptu appearance before reporters at the White House Wednesday evening. The questioning could happen face-to-face, in writing, or it could be a combination of both.

At the press conference, Trump also said his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton did not give interview to the FBI under oath.

McGahn apparently told senior staffers that firing Mueller would have a "catastrophic" effect on the Trump presidency, and also said that Trump would not fire Mueller on his own.

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Yet his biggest enemy, the foe that in the end will bring him down, the adversary whom he cannot control, is Donald J. Trump himself. Even if Trump might have been ignorant of intent, that is no excuse as rule No. 1 says, ignorance of the law is no excuse. He had seen the disastrous backlash that it created, including criticism from congressional Republicans, and it was still fresh in his mind.

But, according to the host, viewers shouldn't worry about it. "Does he not have the right to raise those questions?"

Confirming, Short said Trump believes the memo should be made public.

Yes and no - is the frustrating answer you didn't want.

The great Russia investigation has overshadowed and imperilled the Trump Presidency since its earliest days. So, Mueller couldn't be impartial, because they had a history of disagreeing.

Russia has denied any meddling and Mr Trump has denied any collusion.

This is not the least bit surprising.