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Report: President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, backed off


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- The New York Times is reporting President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller in June.

The President backed out of this proposal after the White House's top lawyer threatened to resign.

The newspaper is reporting Mueller found out about the President's proposal in the midst of his investigation. The investigator is currently speaking with various members of Trump's administration to figure out whether the President obstructed justice.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Mueller will be asking Trump specifically about the firings of Michael Flynn and James Comey if he gets a chance to speak with the President. Flynn served as a national security advisor to President Trump while James Comey was the director of the FBI before they were each removed.

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Trump's attorneys were coming up with negotiating terms to present to Mueller before the special counsel would have a chance to speak with Trump. Mueller also wants to ask Trump about why he was interested in removing Jeff Sessions from his role as attorney general.

The New York Times is reporting that President Trump thinks Robert Mueller has three conflicts of interests and should recuse himself from the investigation.

Trump says that Mueller had a fees dispute at his national golf club in Sterling, Va. which forced Mueller to leave the club. Trump also says that Mueller has no ability to be impartial since he last worked for the law firm representing Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law. The president also says Mueller was interviewed to replace Comey before being named as special counsel.

Donald McGahn refused to ask the DOJ to fire Mueller and told the President he would quit. McGahn warned members of Trump's administration that a potential firing would have consequential effects on the future of Trump's presidency.

After McGahn's refusals, Trump changed his mind and backed off of his plan.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, President Trump said he was "looking forward" to speaking with Mueller. He also said he would be willing to do so under oath. Trump's lawyer has since told The Daily Beast there has been no decision about whether to talk to Mueller or not.

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