President Trump said on Monday that he has not “at all” considered firing Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.
Speaking to reporters at an impromptu press conference in the Rose Garden, Trump did say that he hopes that Mueller’s investigation will come to an end soon, saying that the “American public is sick of” the probe.
“There has been absolutely no collusion,” Trump claimed in response to a reporter’s question about the investigation.
“I’d like to see it end,” he continued, adding that “the whole Russia thing was just an excuse for the Democrats losing the election.”
“They ought to get to the end of it because I think the American public is sick of it.”
Asked a few minutes later about reports that he has discussed firing Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel, Trump denied that he has.
“No, not at all,” said Trump.
Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, just over a week after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.