President was dissuaded from firing Robert Mueller when counsel threatened to quit rather than carry out order, New York Times reports
Donald Trump has denied a report he ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but was persuaded against it after the White House counsel threatened to resign.
The New York Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said the president ordered the White House counsel Donald McGahn to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election including possible contacts with the Trump campaign. McGahn refused and said he would resign before carrying out the directive.
Link : Donald Trump denies report he tried to fire Robert Mueller in June