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WH's Marc Short Never Heard Trump 'Intimating' He Would Fire Mueller

(Fox's "Fox News Sunday")

By    |   Sunday, 28 January 2018 11:44 AM

One of President Donald Trump's closest White House advisers rebuked reports the president wanted to fire FBI special counsel Robert Mueller last June.

"I'm not aware the president ever intimated he ever wanted to fire Robert Mueller," Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "Let's keep in mind a couple of things: Robert Mueller is still the special counsel; Don McGahn is still head of White House counsel office.

"Taxpayers have spent millions and millions of dollars on investigations not proven any collusion thus far with Russia."

Short reiterated an administration mantra that has bared repeating amid reports from President Trump critics claiming he is attempting to obstruct justice or derail Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"The White House continues to cooperate in every manner providing any document the special counsel has asked for," Short added. "We have continued to comply fully. Robert Mueller is still the special counsel.

"I am not aware of any conversation I've had with the president intimating he wanted to fire Robert Mueller."

Fox's Wallace asked Short if the White House would object or sign congressional legislation to preclude the president from firing Mueller or halting the investigation.

"I don't know hypothetically, Chris," responded Short, who added President Trump is "concerned about some of the appearances of conflicts of interests at the very top of the agency in the last administration."

". . . Unfortunately, I am not involved in conversations regarding that investigation, but I know the president's been frustrated by this investigation. He feels there's been millions of taxpayer dollars spent and no evidence yet of collusion. I think he also recognizes – something that's been underreported – is the day before [Robert Mueller] accepted the position of special counsel, Robert Mueller interviewed to be FBI director and never mentioned that to the president.

"I am sure there was concern, obviously, he was going to be named special counsel and he was interviewed to be FBI director and never mentioned the potential conflict there."

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