07:55 GMT +321 January 2018
Listen Live
    The White House in Washington, D.C.

    Gulf Between WH, Mueller Widening Yet Trump Denies Plans to Fire Special Counsel

    © Sputnik/ Vladimir Astapkovich
    US
    Get short URL
    330

    On Saturday, a lawyer for the Trump transition team sent a letter to Congress, saying that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office improperly obtained files for the Russia probe. His claims have raised concerns over tensions between the White House and Mueller. However, Trump has stated he is not going to remove Mueller.

    US President Donald Trump’s lawyers and supporters have recently been mounting criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation he is leading into the alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russia.

    "As the investigation has reached deeper into Mr. Trump’s inner circle, that image of cooperation has begun to fracture," the New York Times said.

    The latest salvo against Mueller emerged over the weekend after a lawyer for the Trump transition team said in a letter to Congress that Mueller’s office unlawfully obtained documents for its Russia probe from the General Services Administration. The lawyer, Kory Langhofer said the documents included thousands of emails sent and received by senior transition officials and were provided to investigators without sending a notice.

    The White House sought to play down the significance of Langhofer’s letter, saying the materials were an issue for the transition team, not the West Wing.

    READ MORE: Trump's Transition Lawyer Says Mueller Improperly Obtained Files in Russia Probe

    "Still, the letter to Congress from Mr. Langhofer sounded a discordant note. His assertion that the emails were privileged and should have been shielded stood in contrast to the stance of White House officials, who said that Mr. Trump’s lawyers had not invoked any such privilege on any White House documents that Mr. Mueller had requested," the newspaper said.

    The White House has stressed that the presidential administration continues to completely cooperate with Mueller’s office, but the recent attacks against the special counsel have fueled concerns among Democrats that Trump may be preparing to terminate him, according to the newspaper.

    On Sunday, asked whether he was planning to remove Mueller, Trump said, "No, I’m not." He also stressed that there was "no collusion whatsoever" between his team and Moscow.

    Two people who have spoken to the president recently told The New York Times that Trump was "far more frustrated" with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray. "Mr. Trump has said that Mr. Wray has not moved quickly enough to rid the bureau of senior officials who were biased against Mr. Trump and had worked for James B. Comey, the director whom Mr. Trump fired in May," the newspaper said.

    READ MORE: US Academic: 'There's Nothing Wrong With Flynn's Meeting With the Russians'

    Mueller’s investigation was launched in May to look into evidence that Russia allegedly attempted to influence the results of the 2016 US presidential election, a claim that has been repeatedly denied both by Moscow and President Trump.

    As part of the ongoing investigation, Trump’s former National Security Adviser Flynn has pleaded guilty to charges that he made false statements to the FBI about his contacts with then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak. Flynn is the fourth member of the Trump campaign to face charges in the ongoing Russia probe, along with former campaign manager Paul Manafort, his business associate Rick Gates and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous. President Trump has on more than one occasion referred to the said inquiry as a "witch hunt."

    Related:

    Trump's Transition Lawyer Says Mueller Improperly Obtained Files in Russia Probe
    Jay Sekulow Debunks Reports on Mueller Subpoena for Trump Financial Records
    Mueller: Paul Manafort Writing Op-Ed with ‘Russian Intelligence’ Colleague
    Flynn's Guilty Plea Not the Smoking Gun in Mueller Investigation
    Tags:
    investigation, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment