Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, he would have done it months back.
"If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him," Trump tweeted. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper," he wrote in a reference to a Tuesday report.
US media have speculated for months that Trump would like to fire Mueller, whose investigation has looked into alleged misdeeds by people in Trump's presidential campaign.
Mueller's special prosecution was enabled a year ago by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Trump sacked then FBI director James Comey, reportedly because Comey refused to pledge loyalty to the president.