Speculation Swirls in D.C.: 'Do You Think the President Is Going to Fire Mueller?'

By Susan Jones | December 18, 2017 | 6:35am EST
President Trump speaks to reporters on his way back to the White House from Camp David on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Screen grab/YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump told reporters on his way back to the White House Sunday night that he does not plan to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but that has not stopped the speculation evident on the Sunday morning talk shows.

"No, I'm not," the president told reporters who asked him if he is considering firing Mueller.

But Trump did call it "quite sad" that Mueller has been given thousands of emails sent and received by members of the Trump transition team.

Axios reported on Saturday that Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, which managed the transition team's email accounts.

"It's quite sad to see that," President Trump said Sunday night. "My people were very upset about it," he added, even though "I can't imagine there's anything on them, frankly. Because, as we said, there's no collusion. There's no collusion whatsoever."

The Sunday talk shows were filled with speculation about whether Trump will fire Mueller.

"Jen Psaki, do you think that the president's lawyers are setting the stage for the firing of Bob Mueller?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked the former spokeswoman for the Obama State Department:

"Of course they are," Psaki said. "But this has been a months-long, orchestrated, frankly, pathetic and also dangerous attack by Fox News, by many in the conservative right to try to discredit Mueller.

"There is a big rumor in Washington, who knows, that there is going to be a Friday afternoon firing," Psaki said. "I have no information on that, but all of this is to set up for that and create an echo chamber to support that ludicrous and dangerous action."

On the other side of the political spectrum, Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign adviser, told "State of the Union" he does not think Trump will fire Mueller, even though "there are more and more indications that the Mueller investigation is off the rails."

Caputo noted that career bureaucrats at GSA, the General Services Administration, released the Trump transition emails, as part of the "administrative state attack on President Trump."

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, also a guest on CNN's "State of the Union," said he had dinner with President Trump on Saturday night, and "I haven't heard anything about this, any firing."

But Mnuchin also said it's time to move past the Russia investigation, which he called a "giant distraction."

"Nobody has said that in any way this impacted the outcome of the election," Mnuchin said.

On ABC's "This Week," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he has "confidence" in Mueller, but Cornyn also said he is concerned about "the appearance of conflict of interest" among some of the people on Mueller's team.

"It appears that some of the president's allies in the Congress are starting to lay the groundwork for him to fire Robert Mueller," host George Stephanopoulos told Cornyn. "What would that mean if the president fired the special counsel?"

"Well, I read that the president's own lawyer says that's not going to happen. I think that would be a mistake myself," Cornyn responded.

Also appearing on "This Week," Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said "Republicans should end their concerted effort to undermine the credibility of the Mueller investigation."

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, was asked if President Trump is "setting the stage for firing Bob Mueller."

"No, come on, Chuck (Todd), no! There's no...There is no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House, Chuck."

"None whatsover, Todd asked.

"You guys keep bringing that up. We have continued to cooperate in every single possible way with that investigation," Short added.

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