Trump ‘not discussing’ firing Mueller as Russia pressure mounts – Conway

Robert Mueller stands for the national anthem during a ceremony at the justice department in Washington in 2013. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused on Sunday to say if Donald Trump will commit to not firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating links between Trump aides and Russia who has empanelled a grand jury in Washington.

One of four senators who have introduced legislation to protect the former FBI director, meanwhile, said his firing “would be crossing a big line” and would likely see his immediate reinstatement by Congress.

Conway appeared on ABC’s This Week. “The president has not even discussed that,” she said. “He’s not discussing firing Bob Mueller. We are complying and cooperating …”

Host George Stephanopoulos then interjected: “But will he commit not to fire him?”

“He’s not discussed firing Bob Mueller,” Conway said.

“That’s not what I’m asking,” Stephanopoulos said.

“Hold on,” said Conway, “I’m not the president’s lawyer here. But I will tell you as his counsellor he is not discussing that.

“You have to listen to his special counsel Ty Cobb who works in the White House now, and he said very clear this week that we will continue to cooperate with Bob Mueller and his investigation even though … many of [Mueller’s team] are Democratic donors, but we’ll continue to co-operate and comply.”

In June a close associate of Trump, Newsmax chief executive Chris Ruddy, told PBS the president was considering firing Mueller.

Conway also said investigations into Trump and Russia were “a completely false and fabricated lie” and said: “But so far you’ve got … no collusion. And anybody who denies that is lying.”

On Thursday night in West Virginia, Trump disparaged Mueller’s work, telling supporters the Russia investigations were part of an effort “to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story”.

Among other matters, Mueller is investigating a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York City between Donald Trump Jr, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, then campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer. Other Russians were also in the room, one of them with ties to Soviet counter-intelligence.

According to emails he published himself, Trump Jr believed the lawyer would offer damaging material about Hillary Clinton, his father’s opponent in an election US intelligence agencies agree Russia…

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