The New York Times recently reported that Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller in June of last year. Mueller is currently leading the investigation into the administration’s potential involvement with Russia. The Times reports that Donald McGahn, White House counsel, refused to follow through with the dismissal, and instead threatened to resign rather than comply with Trump’s order.
As detailed by the New York Times:
President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.
The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
This report represents yet another case of Trump’s obstruction of justice. It is a powerful reminder that we do not need to wait on the results of Mueller’s investigation to demand that Congress act. The list of Trump’s impeachable offenses is more than enough to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
Read the full article in the New York Times here.