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8 times since June the White House denied Trump was considering firing Mueller

Published 9:45 PM ET, Fri January 26, 2018
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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says on ABC News that President Donald Trump has not discussed firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but dodges on whether Trump has made a commitment that he won't fire Mueller in the future. President Trump considered firing Mueller last June, but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. Here are eight times since June 2017 the White House denied Trump was considering firing Mueller. CNN Illustration/AP
Trump lawyer John Dowd denies that the President has ever considered firing Mueller in a report from USA Today. CNN Illustration/Newscom
Trump himself tells reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey, that he hasn't considered firing Mueller. CNN Illustration/Getty Images
Trump says, "No, not at all," when asked during a news conference if he is considering firing Mueller. CNN Illustration/Getty Images
White House Special Counsel Ty Cobb tells CNN "there is no consideration of firing" Mueller. CNN Illustration
Trump himself again says he is not considering firing Mueller. CNN Illustration/Getty Images
On December 20, 2017, Cobb reiterates to CNN that the President is not considering firing Mueller. CNN Illustration/Getty Images
Following publication of a report by The New York Times, Trump denied the story once again to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, dismissing it as "fake news." CNN Illustration/Getty Images