As the bipartisan effort to check President Trump’s powers in regard to firing his subordinates mounts, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway broached the topic of dismissing special counsel Robert Mueller with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
“Does the president commit to firing Robert Mueller?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“The president hasn’t even discussed that,” Conway responded.
She maintained she wasn’t Trump’s lawyer, but as his counsel she felt confident in saying he hadn’t discussed firing Mueller.
“We are complying and cooperating,” she said. “Well, hold on, I am not the president’s lawyer here, but I will tell you as his counselor, he is not discussing that.”
Speculation Trump yearns to fire Mueller has come to the forefront in recent weeks as the special counsel ramps up the Russia probe. Onlookers feel Trump may be starting to crumble under the pressure, thus sparking his smear campaign against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Furthermore efforts to delegitimize Mueller’s investigation by pointing out the Democratic donation histories of his various new hires have come strongly from the White House, but haven’t been reflected in top GOP leadership in the House.
While saying Trump hasn’t discussed dismissing Mueller, Conway didn’t fail to mention that Mueller just hired the 16th new person for his team and that “many of them are Democratic donors”.
With the addition of attorney Greg Andres to Mueller’s team, eight confirmed Democratic donors are now working for special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team.
Previously working for New York attorney Davis Polk, conservatives’ main concern with the 50-year-old Andres isn’t his qualifications but his proximity to the Democratic party. A search of federal election records shows that Andres has donated at least a total of $3700 to federal Democratic candidates, including $2700 to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in March 2017. His wife, Ronnie Abrams, was appointed as a federal judge by Obama in 2011.
In total, the eight Democratic donors working for Mueller have donated $60,700 to Democratic campaigns. President Trump has voiced concerns about the allegiances of a supposedly neutral investigative team.
Trump told Fox News in June, “I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters. Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint.”
Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton administration, said the expansion of the team means the probe isn’t going to end any time soon.
“It’s an indication that the investigation is going to extend well into 2018,” said Ray. “Whether it extends beyond 2018 is an open question.”
Conway represent the White House’s extension of the ideal proponent of Trump’s actions. Her take can generally be considered to be what Trump wants out there. She has defended him every step of the way, getting into it with CNN on numerous occasions, and clarifying each one of his controversial takes in a positive light.
Trump has consistently referred to the Russia investigation as a witch hunt, and has recently gone as far as to say the entire thing is fabricated, and Conway is right there with him, concluding the interview by saying of the investigation: “you’ve got conclusion and no collusion. And anyone who denies that is lying.”
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