Michael Schmidt: Many Thought It Was ‘Astounding’ Trump Wanted to Fire Mueller a Month After Comey Was a Good Idea
SCHMIDT: "Well, this is stuff that has come up in the interviews that Mueller has done in the past few months with White House officials. Mueller has focused a lot on the President’s conduct in office, what was he doing, why was he so obsessed with loyalty, why was he so obsessed with a person running the Russia investigation. He’s been interviewing folks from the White House counsel’s office, the aides who were closest to the President to try to understand what the President was doing. And the White House has waved executive privilege and attorney-client privilege and allowed all of this to be shared with the Special Counsel’s Office. And as they sifted through different things, they found different events like this. Things where the President was trying to get rid of Mueller. For most people it’s just astounding that just a month after Comey was fired, he thought that getting rid of Mueller was a good idea and was the right thing in order to try and lift this cloud of the Russia investigation from him."