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Lawyer: Trump Won't Fire Mueller From Russia Probe

(CNN's "Wolf")

By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 05:29 PM

President Donald Trump has no plans to fire FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, his lawyer Jay Sekulow said Monday after Trump's former campaign chairman was indicted on federal charges.

During an appearance on CNN, Sekulow was asked by host Wolf Blitzer if Trump plans to remove Mueller from his position of leading the Department of Justice's Russia investigation — which appears to be bearing fruit, judging by Monday's indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and an earlier indictment of George Papadopoulos.

"I saw a couple of people talking about that this morning: The answer to that is no," Sekulow said. "The president is not interfering with special counsel Mueller's position. He is not firing the special counsel. He said that before."

Sekulow also said the indictment of Manafort was not much of a surprise given what has taken place in recent months.

"We've expected this for months after they had the raid on Paul Manafort's house," Sekulow said. "You thought there was going to be something. What the something is though is activities going back as much as a decade ago."

Blitzer pushed Sekulow to say whether Trump would pardon Manafort or Gates if they are eventually convicted during his presidency.

"I've had no conversations, nor would I discuss it with you if I did," Sekulow said. "I haven't had a conversation with the president about pardons or pardoning individuals. I really do not want to speculate on a pardon that doesn't exist may or may not do. It's not something that is on the table."

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Jay Sekulow, the outside lawyer for President Donald Trump, told CNN on Monday there are no plans to fire FBI special counsel Robert Mueller.
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