Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

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18 December, 2017

The Trump team complained these were illegally obtained, but Special Counsel's spokesman Peter Carr told various outlets that the process was perfectly legal.

(TFA), also called on the committees "to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives".

A lawyer for Donald Trump's transition team has alleged special counsel Robert Mueller unlawfully received tens of thousands of emails, in the latest attack on the credibility of the probe into Russian meddling in the United States election.

The Trump attorney also argued that Mueller's office has "extensively used the materials in question" during its investigation even though its prosecutors were aware some of the materials were subject to claims of attorney-client privilege and other protections.

Mnuchin added that Washington has to "get past this investigation".

The investigation involves whether the Trump campaign helped out in Kremlin-directed cyberhacking efforts to helped the president win the election. A source speaking on the condition of anonymity told CNN that Trump lawyers are planning a meeting with the special counsel as soon as next week.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short echoed Cobb on NBC's "Meet the Press". Some reportedly came from Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, who is now a White House advisor.

"You guys keep bringing that up", he added when pressed on the issue. "We have continued to cooperate in every single possible way with that investigation", Mr. The reason for his dismissal appears to stem from Mueller's discovery that Strzok exchanged text messages critical of Trump with a lawyer assigned to the probe.

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Last May, Mueller was appointed to lead the special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that's looking at whether there was any coordination with the Trump campaign.

"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 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". His team has denied rumors that he will fire Mueller.

Republicans asked the US Justice Department on Wednesday to name a new independent prosecutor to probe alleged bias in the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a top agent's anti-Trump text messages were released to the media.

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

"As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel", Mr. Cobb said. "I can't imagine there's anything on them, frankly".


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