(CNSNews.com) - "Fake news, folks, fake news -- typical New York Times fake stories." That was President Trump's response on Friday to reports that he tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June, but held back when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order.
Looking back at Trump's tweets in June, he complained numerous times about Mueller's ongoing "witch hunt" and about the fact that the Obama administration knew about Russian meddling in the U.S. election but did nothing to stop it. ("They didn't want to hurt Hillary?" Trump asked in a June 24, 2017 tweet.)
Some of the president's other June tweets -- coming at a time when he reportedly considered firing Mueller -- are as follows:
June 1, 2017: The big story is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people that took place during the Obama Administration.
Jun 7, 2017: I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
Jun 9, 2017: Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
Jun 15, 2017: They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice
Jun 15, 2017: You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
Jun 16, 2017: After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!
Jun 16, 2017: Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
Jun 16, 2017: I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt [Twitter for iPhone]
Jun 24, 2017: Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!
Jun 24, 2017: Obama Administration official said they "choked" when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn't want to hurt Hillary?
Several times -- most recently on Dec. 17, President Trump has told reporters "no," he is not considering firing Robert Mueller.
The New York Times Jan. 25 report that Trump considered firing Mueller in June is based on "four people" who "were told of the matter."
According to the newspaper:
The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. 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.
Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.
First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May.
...Mr. McGahn disagreed with the president’s case and told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency. Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own. The president then backed off.