President Trump dismissed reports that he ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June as “fake news,” even though the report was confirmed by multiple news outlets, including Trump’s favorite news source, Fox News.
“Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” Trump told reporters on Friday in Davos, Switzerland.
The Times reported on Thursday that Trump ordered Mueller fired after seeing news reports that the special counsel was investigating him for potential obstruction of justice, and backed off only after White House counsel Don McGahn threaten to tender his resignation.
The report was quickly confirmed by The Washington Post, and Fox News reported senior White House staff believed Trump was about to fire Mueller and talked him out of it.
Attorney Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer working on the response to the Russia probe, declined to comment to The Times.
“We decline to comment out of respect for the Office of the Special Counsel and its process,” Cobb said.
Fox News host Sean Hannity told viewers that Fox News had confirmed the Times report on Thursday night minutes after dismissing it as a distraction.
“All right, so we have sources tonight just confirming to Ed Henry that, maybe, yeah, Donald Trump wanted to fire the special counsel for conflict. Does he not have the right to raise those questions?” Hannity said.