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Trump on whether he’ll fire Mueller: ‘We’ll see what happens’


President Donald Trump on Monday dangled the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, slamming the federal prosecutor’s involvement in the raid of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen as a “disgrace.”

After news broke that the FBI earlier in the day had seized documents in properties linked to Cohen in New York, reportedly through a referral from Mueller, the president was pressed by reporters about the possibility of dismissing the former bureau director as special counsel.

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“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “But I think it’s a really sad situation when you look at what happened, and many people have said you should fire him.”

Trump ordered that Mueller be fired last year but backed off after the top White House attorney threatened to resign over the move, a source told POLITICO.

The White House has repeatedly disputed reports that Trump is considering firing Mueller, even as the president has continued to lob grenades at the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Trump campaign officials. Trump, who frequently derides the Russia probe as a “witch hunt,” singled out Mueller by name for the first time last month, tweeting that the “Mueller probe should never have been started” and accusing the special counsel’s team of consisting largely of Democrats.

Trump on Monday called the raid against Cohen “a disgraceful situation” and “a total witch hunt,” and accused Justice Department officials of political bias, despite the fact that several members of Mueller’s team, including the former FBI director himself, are registered Republicans.

“This is the most biased group of people, these people have the biggest conflicts of interest I’ve ever seen,” Trump said. “Democrats all — or just about all, either Democrats or a couple of Republicans that worked for President Obama.”

It was unclear whether Trump was speaking specifically about Mueller’s team or members of the FBI.

The president also questioned why federal authorities were “not looking at the other side” and focusing on his former opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton, reviving his long-running criticisms of the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into her private email server.

“They only keep looking at us so they find no collusion,” Trump said, “and then they go from there and they say, well, let’s keep going, and they raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning and I think it’s a disgrace.”

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