BREAKING: Trump Was Planning to Fire Robert Mueller Last June, Until White House Counsel McGahn Threatened to Resign
Wow. At the Washington Post and the New York Times tonight: Trump moved to fire Mueller in June, bringing White House counsel to the brink of leaving.
President Trump sought the firing of Robert S. Mueller III last June, shortly after the special counsel took over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he backed off only after White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn threatened to resign over the move.
The extraordinary showdown was confirmed by two people familiar with the episode, which was first reported by the New York Times.
McGahn did not deliver his resignation threat directly to Trump, but was serious about his threat to leave, according to a person familiar with the episode.