Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, announces the indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian entities. Photograph: Shawn Thew/ EPA
Is Trump preparing to fire Mueller?
” No, I’m not ,” the president said in mid-December. But in fact Trump had ordered special attorney Robert Mueller’s firing in June 2017, merely one month after Mueller was appointed, the New York Times reported. Trump backed down when the White House Counsel, Donald McGahn, refused to convey the order to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
Trump-aligned voices on Capitol hill and in the media, meanwhile, prominently including Fox News, continue to call for Mueller’s head, and assaults on Mueller from inside the White House have proliferated.