Eli Ridder | UNITED STATES
United States President Donald Trump nearly ordered that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation, be fired before backing off of the initiative on the advice of aides, the New York Times reported Thursday.
It marks the first confirmation of Mr. Trump attempting to fire Mr. Mueller, who learned about the incident in recent months as investigators interviewed current and former White House officials about whether the president obstructed justice, according to the New York Times.
Mueller is leading an independent investigation into intelligence community allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that brought Mr. Trump to power just over a year ago, along with alleged collusion.
This comes soon after Trump said he was open to meeting with Mueller’s team, before explaining later that his lawyers needed to approve the meeting first.
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