Democrats are jumping up and down, certain that this time they finally “caught” President Trump.
Several House Democrats excoriated the president after a Thursday New York Times report that claimed President Trump nearly fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller–but stopped short after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order.
The Times piece read:
“President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.”
According to the Times, President Trump believed Mueller had conflicts of interest because he had previously worked at a law firm that represented his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) was among the lawmakers who cited the report as evidence the president obstructed or attempted to obstruct justice.
“As a former Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois’ anti-corruption unit, there’s a detail I want to point out on the President’s attempted firing of Mueller: you don’t have to succeed to obstruct justice,” Krishnamoorthi wrote. “Just ‘endeavoring’ to do it is a crime.”
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) also accused President Trump of obstruction.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) insinuated the president is trying to “hide” criminal behavior.
To state what is obvious, this does not sound like the behavior of an innocent man with nothing to hide. https://t.co/w4APAtl08A
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 26, 2018
The report came a day after President Trump said he was “looking forward” to testifying under oath to Mueller.
On Friday, President Trump responded to the Times report by calling it “fake news” and a “typical New York Times fake story.”
“FAKE NEWS, FOLKS”: President Trump refutes NYT story that he wanted to fire Mueller pic.twitter.com/5E0vL8v51p
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 26, 2018
The Mueller probe has been the subject of criticism, with observers accusing it of anti-Trump bias.
Two former members of the special counsel’s team, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, were found to have exchanged a series of text messages in which they made derogatory comments about the president, including speaking about an oppositional “secret society.”
Various members of the Mueller probe previously gave large donations to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic politicians.
President Trump himself has called the investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and Russian collusion by his campaign a “witch hunt.”
Many Americans have sided with the president’s assessment.
TRUMP WANTED TO FIRE MUELLER
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) January 26, 2018
The media is crying that Trump wanted to fire Mueller last year
— Wayne Dupree Media, LLC (@WayneDupreeShow) January 26, 2018
While NYT and CNN keep pouring out fake news (Robert Mueller story) to distract from the FISA memo and proof of Obama’s filthy FBI, the rest of the Trump-hating media is pretending the story doesn’t exist at all. pic.twitter.com/xSMpLW6ieS
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) January 26, 2018
NYT literally ran this same Mueller firing story in June last year so why is alt-left & fake Media acting like its news? I’ll tell you why.. 50k FBI texts have been found & it’s not pretty. There are reportedly discussions of even killing Trump. Stay Tuned #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/tYTwm1g3BK
— Deplorable Melissa (@sweetatertot2) January 26, 2018
MSM can try and distract us all they want,but we all know better because we are not stupid!!!!! #RealeaseTheMemo
— Maria Runkles (@maria_runkles) January 26, 2018