According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller last June. It was only prevented after a top White House lawyer threatened to resign.
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. The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is aware that Trump attempted to fire him.
Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
Don McGahn, the chief lawyer of the White House's office of legal counsel threatened to resign rather than allow Trump fire Mueller.
After receiving the president’s order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead, the people said.