Trump passes up chance to say if he'll fire Robert Mueller

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2018

As his frustration with the investigation into his campaign and business expands into threatening new fronts, President Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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Speaking at a joint press conference in Florida with the prime minister of Japan, Trump said months of speculation that he would dismiss the men had proven wrong.

"I think it's a disgrace what's going on". Hours after the raid - which happened as a result of a criminal referral from Mueller - Trump responded by calling it "an attack on our country, in a true sense", and admitted he was considering firing Mueller.

"Look, if you think there is evidence of collusion there, or you're hanging your hat on that - it just simply hasn't materialized". He called the Mueller-led investigation "a hoax" created by Democrats "to soften the blow of a loss".

Trump said that nobody had been as tough on Russian Federation as he was, citing his decision to build up the military, strengthen North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and launch "severe" missile attacks in Syria. "And many people have said, 'You should fire him'".

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United States president Donald Trump has termed as "hoax created by the Democrats" the allegations of Russian connections by Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.

Even as he sought to discredit the basis for an investigation, the president made a point to insist that his cooperation has been complete and comprehensive. "I have instructed the lawyers, 'be totally transparent"'.

Trump said he wants to get over the investigation in this regard quickly and is fully cooperating with the investigating agencies.

As the news conference ended, Trump defended his administration's policy toward Russia and for the first time publicly mentioned a February incident in Syria in which American forces may have killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries who attacked USA -allied fighters.

Comey said he asked a friend to leak one of the memos - which included details from a meeting with Trump where Comey says the president asked him to shut down the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - when he was concerned that the president may have recorded their conversations at the White House.

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