It seems that Robert Mueller is not going to be next on the list of those fired by the Trump administration. President Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, said on Thursday that Trump is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. He is leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Sekulow spoke in an interview with Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” He thoroughly dismissed rumors that Trump was thinking about firing Mueller.
“The president is not thinking about firing Robert Mueller,” Sekulow told host Neil Cavuto, “so the speculation that’s out there is just incorrect.”
Mueller’s special counsel took on more intensity on Thursday when the news broke that Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington, D.C. White House lawyer, Try Cobb, said in a statement that the move was unexpected but that the president’s administration was fully committed to complying with the investigation.
“Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” Cobb said in a statement. “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
Sekulow confirmed to Cavuto that the White House was unaware that a grand jury had been convened. “No,” Sekulow said in response to a direct question, “but this is not a surprise because the empaneling of a grand jury in situations like this when you’ve got an investigation is typically how you move forward.” Sekulow described this as a “standard operating procedure,” and noted that the Trump team had “no reason to believe that the president is under investigation here.”
Sekulow put to rest speculation that had been circulating since June when a close friend to the president told PBS that he believes Trump was considering firing Mueller. “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” Chris Ruddy said in June. “I think he’s weighing that option. I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued, “even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel.”
So do you think we can put to rest the rumor that Trump might fire Mueller? Or are we in for another White House surprise?
Credit: The Hill