After a series of bombshell revelations about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the White House on Tuesday said President Donald Trump was not planning to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller from his job.
Trump made the comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, in which he called the investigation a “coup” against him.
“It’s a coup,” Trump said.
“I’m not taking it over, OK?
It’s a lot different than taking it.
This is a coup, and we’re not going to take it over.”
Trump said the president had been “talking” to Vice President Mike Pence, who was also interviewed.
“I’ve been talking to Mike Pence.
We’re getting ready to take this over,” Trump told the Journal.”
They’re talking about how I’m going to get rid of this.
I’m not going anywhere,” Trump added.
The White House is trying to deflect the controversy surrounding Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Trump on Monday called for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
The probe has drawn criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for being dominated by Democrats, who have said they are concerned about the scope of Mueller’s probe.
Mueller’s team has not revealed what information it has uncovered, but in a series to date has uncovered hundreds of emails from Trump campaign officials.
Democrats are demanding that Trump resign over the investigation, while Republicans say the president is too important to the country to have to leave office.
“The president’s been in the public eye a long time, and he is a person of the highest integrity and highest standards,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday.
“This is an act of political grandstanding, and there’s no way this president is going to be able to do this to the American people.”