Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

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Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit,” New York Times, January 25, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/us/politics/trump-mueller-special-counsel-russia.html

Sophie Tatum and Kara Scannell, “Trump denies he called for Mueller’s firing,” CNN, January 26, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/donald-trump-robert-mueller/index.html

David A. Graham, “What Mueller’s Indictment Reveals,” Atlantic, February 16, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/mueller-roadmap/553604/

Aaron Blake, “Why Robert Mueller probably won’t — and perhaps shouldn’t — indict Trump,” Washington Post, May 18, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/05/17/why-robert-mueller-probably-wont-and-perhaps-shouldnt-indict-trump/

Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner, “12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation,” New York Times, July 13, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/mueller-indictment-russian-intelligence-hacking.html

Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky and Josh Dawsey, “Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended,” Washington Post, March 22, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mueller-report-sent-to-attorney-general-signaling-his-russia-investigation-has-ended/2019/03/22/b061d8fa-323e-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett, “Mueller did not find the Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says,” Washington Post, March 24, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/republicans-and-democrats-brace-for-renewed-battles-over-mueller-report/2019/03/23/56d9f214-4db3-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0cd_story.html

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John F. Harris, “If You Thought Mueller Had Settled Matters, Think Again,” Politico, March 25, 2019, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/25/mueller-report-barr-trump-russia-collusion-analysis-226235/

Darren Samuelsohn, “Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says,” Politico, March 27, 2019, https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/27/mueller-grand-jury-1238861

Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti, “Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed,” New York Times, April 3, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/william-barr-mueller-report.html

Ellen Nakashima, Carol D. Leonnig, and Rosalind S. Helderman, “Limited information Barr has shared about Russia investigation frustrated some on Mueller’s team,” Washington Post, April 4, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/limited-information-barr-has-shared-about-russia-investigation-frustrated-some-on-muellers-team/2019/04/03/c98e8a02-567a-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html

Aaron Blake, “The 10 Trump actions Mueller spotlighted for potential obstruction,” Washington Post, April 18, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/18/trump-actions-mueller-spotlighted-potential-obstruction/

Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, “Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump’s presidency laid bare by Mueller report,” Washington Post, April 18, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paranoia-lies-and-fear-trumps-presidency-laid-bare-by-mueller-report/2019/04/18/3379c49a-571b-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html

Allan Smith, “Mueller declined to charge Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with Russian lawyer,” NBC News, April 18, 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/mueller-report-no-evidence-trump-knew-about-trump-tower-meeting-n995816

Del Quentin Wilber and Chris Megerian, “Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice,” Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2019, https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mueller-report-obstruction-russia-investigation-20190418-story.html

Natalie Andrews, “Nadler Issues Subpoena for Full Mueller Report,” Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-panel-chairman-issues-subpoena-for-full-mueller-report-11555679263

Jonathan Freedland, “The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win,” Guardian, April 19, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/19/mueller-report-bad-guys-play-dirty-trump-democrats-duty

Rachael Bade, Karoun Demirjian, and Jacqueline Alemany, “House Democratic leaders say no immediate plans to open impeachment proceedings against Trump,” Washington Post, April 22, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-says-democrats-can-hold-trump-accountable-without-impeachment-hearings/2019/04/22/68fce0c8-6514-11e9-82ba-fcfeff232e8f_story.html

Murray Waas, “Mueller Prosecutors: Trump Did Obstruct Justice,” New York Review of Books, April 26, 2019, https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/04/26/mueller-prosecutors-trump-did-obstruct-justice/

Benjamin Wittes, “Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report,” Atlantic, April 29, 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/ben-wittes-five-conclusions-mueller-report/588259/

Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky, “Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture ‘context’ of Trump probe,” Washington Post, April 30, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mueller-complained-that-barrs-letter-did-not-capture-context-of-trump-probe/2019/04/30/d3c8fdb6-6b7b-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

Isaac Stanley-Becker, “‘I don’t know’: Barr’s professed ignorance prompts calls for his resignation after Mueller letter,” Washington Post, May 1, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/05/01/i-dont-know-barrs-professed-ignorance-prompts-democrats-seek-his-resignation-after-mueller-letter/

Greg Miller, “With Mueller silent, Barr interprets the special counsel’s report — to the advantage of Trump,” Washington Post, May 1, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/with-mueller-silent-barr-interprets-the-special-counsels-report–to-the-advantage-of-trump/2019/05/01/54b5f3e0-6c3d-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos, “Dems see GOP effort to drive them to impeach Trump,” Hill, May 5, 2019, https://thehill.com/homenews/house/442115-dems-see-gop-effort-to-drive-them-to-impeach-trump

Rachael Bade, Carol D. Leonnig, and Matt Zapotosky, “White House asserts executive privilege over Mueller report in latest confrontation with Congress,” Washington Post, May 7, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/barr-to-trump-invoke-executive-privileged-over-redacted-mueller-materials/2019/05/07/51c52600-713e-11e9-b5ca-3d72a9fa8ff1_story.html

Rachael Bade, Carol D. Leonnig, and Matt Zapotosky, “House panel votes to hold Barr in contempt; Trump asserts executive privilege over Mueller report,” Washington Post, May 8, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/barr-to-trump-invoke-executive-privileged-over-redacted-mueller-materials/2019/05/07/51c52600-713e-11e9-b5ca-3d72a9fa8ff1_story.html

Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “Republicans caught between Trump and reluctance to penalize Rep. Amash after ‘impeachable conduct’ declaration,” Washington Post, May 20, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-caught-between-trump-and-reluctance-to-penalize-rep-amash-after-impeachable-conduct-declaration/2019/05/20/717accbe-7b2c-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html

Robert S. Mueller, III, “Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III Makes Statement on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election,” Department of Justice, May 29, 2019, https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/special-counsel-robert-s-mueller-iii-makes-statement-investigation-russian-interference

Emily Cadei, “Tom McClintock accuses Mueller of ‘pettifoggery,’ says he should testify before Congress,” Sacramento Bee, May 30, 2019, https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article230959753.html

Byron Tau, “House Democrats, DOJ Reach Deal on Mueller Probe Evidence,” Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-democrats-doj-reach-deal-on-mueller-probe-evidence-11560183328

Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman, “Trump gives the impeachment crowd a gift,” Politico, June 13, 2019, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/06/13/trump-gives-the-impeachment-crowd-a-gift-446663

Rachael Bade, “Rep. Green files articles of impeachment against Trump despite pushback from Democratic leaders,” Washington Post, July 16, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rep-green-to-file-articles-of-impeachment-against-trump-despite-pushback-from-democratic-leaders/2019/07/16/63b4c0b6-a800-11e9-ac16-90dd7e5716bc_story.html

Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis, “House votes to kill impeachment resolution against Trump, avoiding a direct vote on whether to oust the president,” Washington Post, July 17, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-divided-as-house-to-vote-on-whether-to-consider-impeachment-of-trump/2019/07/17/dacd1c0e-a8a3-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html

Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju, “Democrat says House likely to vote on impeachment resolution Wednesday,” CNN, July 17, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/17/politics/trump-impeachment-house-vote/index.html

Scott R. Anderson et al., “Mueller’s Testimony: The Baton Passes to Congress,” Lawfare, July 20, 2019, https://www.lawfareblog.com/muellers-testimony-baton-passes-congress

Michael Brice-Saddler, “While bemoaning Mueller probe, Trump falsely says the Constitution gives him ‘the right to do whatever I want,’” Washington Post, July 23, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/23/trump-falsely-tells-auditorium-full-teens-constitution-gives-him-right-do-whatever-i-want/

Politico, “‘A New Legal Argument for Impeachment,’” July 24, 2019, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/24/mueller-testimony-legal-experts-analysis-227419

Kyle Cheney, “With Sunday surge, nearly half of House Democrats back impeachment inquiry,” Politico, July 28, 2019, https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/28/democrats-trump-impeachment-1438519

Mike DeBonis et al., “A majority of House Democrats back impeachment inquiry of Trump, according to an analysis by The Washington Post,” Washington Post, August 2, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-majority-of-house-democrats-backs-impeachment-according-to-an-analysis-by-the-washington-post/2019/08/02/5f28dbbc-b314-11e9-8f6c-7828e68cb15f_story.html

Clare Foran and Ashley Killough, “Majority of House Democrats now say they support starting an impeachment inquiry,” CNN, August 2, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/02/politics/half-house-democrats-impeachment/index.html

Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis , “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of Trump, says his actions were a ‘betrayal of national security,’” Washington Post, September 24, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-top-democrats-privately-discuss-creation-of-select-committee-for-impeachment/2019/09/24/af6f735a-dedf-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

E. J. Montini, “Sen. Mitch McConnell breaks impeachment oath before taking it,” Arizona Republic, December 13, 2019, https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2019/12/13/sen-mitch-mcconnell-breaks-impeachment-oath-before-taking/2645862001/

Victor Garcia, “Hannity exclusive: McConnell says ‘zero chance’ Trump is removed, ‘one or two Democrats’ could vote to acquit,” Fox News, December 13, 2019, https://www.foxnews.com/media/hannity-exclusive-senate-majority-leader-mcconnell-says-theres-no-chance-president-trump-is-removed

Jacob Knutson, “Lindsey Graham says he’s not trying to be a ‘fair juror’ in impeachment trial,” Axios, December 15, 2019, https://www.axios.com/lindsey-graham-senate-impeachment-trial-b4d75ea6-7bc1-4f0f-94da-256a31209dbd.html

Jennifer Rubin, “How far can the House go to stop a sham trial?” Washington Post, December 16, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/16/how-far-can-house-go-stop-sham-trial/

Colby Itkowitz et al., “Trump becomes third U.S. president to be impeached as House approves both articles against him,” Washington Post, December 18, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-impeachment-live-updates/2019/12/18/237147e8-2110-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html

Michael Wilner, Emma Dumain, and Francesca Chambers, “‘He’s the only hope we’ve got.’ All eyes on chief justice in Senate impeachment trial,” Sacramento Bee, December 18, 2019, https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article238470443.html

Ron Elving, “Trump Is Impeached, But There’s No Endgame In Sight,” National Public Radio, December 21, 2019, https://www.npr.org/2019/12/21/790313280/trump-is-impeached-but-theres-no-endgame-in-sight

Colby Itkowitz and Isabelle Khurshudyan, “Trump touts Putin speaking out against his impeachment,” Washington Post, December 21, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-touts-putin-speaking-out-against-his-impeachment/2019/12/21/7f23baf2-2404-11ea-a153-dce4b94e4249_story.html

Democracy Now, “Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption,” January 24, 2020, https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Molly O’Toole, Jennifer Haberkorn, and Eli Stokols, “Feinstein says she’s a maybe on acquitting Trump as his defense team ends impeachment arguments,” Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2020, https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-28/trump-team-wraps-impeachment-defense-with-an-elephant-in-the-senate-john-bolton

Jennifer Haberkorn and Sarah D. Wire, “Senate acquits Trump in impeachment trial; Romney breaks with GOP to vote for conviction,” Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2020, https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-05/senate-expected-to-acquit-president-trump-impeachment-trial

Seung Min Kim, “These Republicans said they hope Trump has learned a lesson from impeachment. He said he hasn’t,” Washington Post, February 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/these-republicans-said-they-hope-trump-has-learned-a-lesson-from-impeachment-he-said-he-hasnt/2020/02/04/fa68c18c-478e-11ea-ab15-b5df3261b710_story.html

Meg Kinnard, “Russia probe memo wrongly withheld under Barr, court rules,” Associated Press, August 19, 2022, https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-donald-trump-william-barr-obstruction-of-justice-992952614b7619681df0e1109548a27f

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