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Himes: Firing Comey 'More Serious' Than Wanting to Fire Mueller

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By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 10:50 AM

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey is far more serious than a report claiming the president had wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, made his comments Friday on CNN's "New Day."

"He didn't actually fire Mueller, so no act was committed," Himes said. "Now that takes us back to Jim Comey, who actually did get fired. And then the president goes on Lester Holt and says he did it to make the Russia thing go away.

"That's, I think, a much more serious episode. What it does do is show intent — and it's not surprising. Look, this is not a subtle legal mind. I think the president sees a problem in front of him, and says 'I'm going to solve this problem by making it go away."

"That's exactly why his lawyer stepped in and said, 'Sir, you're not going to do this. This puts you three-quarters of a way to a charge of obstruction of justice.'"

Trump has dismissed as "fake news" a New York Times report that he ordered Mueller's firing last June. The newspaper had said the president later backed down after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to quit.

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Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey is far more serious than a report claiming the president had wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
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