Donald Trump ordered Robert Mueller's firing, but reversed course

Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 10:14 IST | Agencies | Washington

US President Donald Trump ordered the firing of Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller last year but later reversed course, The New York Times reported on Thursday

Robert Mueller and Donald Trump. Pics/AFP
Robert Mueller and Donald Trump. Pics/AFP

US President Donald Trump ordered the firing of Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller last year but later reversed course, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Mueller is leading the probe into allegations of collusion between the US president's campaign team and Russia in the 2016 election, which Trump has repeatedly criticised and views as an attack on the legitimacy of his presidency.

The Republican leader gave the order in June 2017, but White House counsel Don McGahn refused, saying it would have a "catastrophic effect" on Trump's presidency. After McGahn threatened to quit, Trump backed down, The Times reported, citing four anonymous sources. White House counsel Ty Cobb declined to comment on the matter.

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