The South Asian Times

24 April 2018 04:58 AM

White House not aware of plans to fire Mueller

By IANS

Washington, April 16: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that she was not aware of any plans to fire or remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"I'm not aware of any plans to make those movements... But we do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone," The Hill quoted Sanders as saying in an interview on Sunday night.

Sanders said she has concerns about the scope of the ongoing investigation and dodged questions about whether President Donald Trump was more concerned about the recent issues with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen than the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders also did not answer a question about whether Trump had concerns about Cohen turning state's evidence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided Cohen's home, hotel room and office last week with Rosenstein's approval.

Trump has reportedly tried to fire Mueller in the past and has been considering firing Rosenstein, The Hill reported.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump's advisers were more worried about the investigation into Cohen than Mueller's probe.

Cohen is the President's longtime personal lawyer and confidant, and has long been seen as a key player in solving problems for Trump.

Update: 16 April, 2018

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