President Trump sought the firing of Robert S. Mueller III last June, shortly after the special counsel took over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he backed off only after White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn threatened to resign over the move.
The extraordinary showdown was confirmed by two people familiar with the episode, which was first reported by the New York Times.
McGahn did not deliver his resignation threat directly to Trump, but was serious about his threat to leave, according to a person familiar with the episode.
The president’s effort came in the weeks after Mueller’s appointment last May to lead the probe into Trump’s campaign and whether it coordinated with Russian attempts to tilt the election. Mueller was tapped for the role by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, and his probe has quickly expanded to include an exploration of whether Trump has attempted to obstruct the ongoing investigation.
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Source: Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit
Source: Trump moved to fire Mueller in June, bringing White House counsel to the brink of leaving – The Washington Post