The White House on Tuesday said President Trump believes Robert Mueller’s investigation has “gone too far” and that he believes he has the power to fire the special counsel.
“He certainly believes he has the power to do so,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a question at the White House briefing.
Asked if Trump would have to order deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who’s overseeing the Mueller probe, to fire the special counsel, she disagreed, citing legal experts and the Department of Justice.
Sanders comments just moments after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his belief that Congress doesn’t need to pass legislation to protect Mueller.
“I haven’ seen clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed because I don’t think that’s going to happen,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I don’t think he’s going to be removed from the office. He shouldn’t be removed from the office and he should be allowed to finish his job.”