According to four sources close to the situation, President Donald Trump ordered the firing of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller back in June, only one month after he was appointed to investigate the Trump-Russia conspiracy and possible obstruction of justice, exemplified in Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey.
Trump only held back when White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if the president fired Mueller.
In recent months, Mueller’s interviews with White House officials revealed that Trump very nearly had him dismissed, hoping to cite weak accusations of conflicts of interest.
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These revelations serve as hard evidence in Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against the president.
According to The New York Times:
[Don McGahn] also told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency and would incite more questions about whether the White House was trying to obstruct the Russia investigation. Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own. The president then backed off.
However, Trump’s inner circle has been walking on pins and needles for months, trying to prevent the constitutional catastrophe that would erupt if the president tries to fire Mueller:
Nonetheless, Mr. Trump has wavered for months about whether he wants to fire Mr. Mueller, whose job security is an omnipresent concern among the president’s legal team and close aides. The president’s lawyers, including Mr. Cobb, have tried to keep Mr. Trump calm by assuring him for months, amid new revelations about the inquiry, that it is close to ending.
The fact that Trump’s legal team has had to lie in order to placate the loose cannon president from sabotaging his own case only proves the allegations in Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury that the president is unstable and unfit for his office — not to mention guilty as sin.
Tonight’s stunning development will only serve to turn up the heat to boiling in Mueller’s ongoing – and strong – case against Trump.