Last June, President Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but backed off after White House Counsel Don McGahn refused to ask for Mueller's dismissal and threatened to quit, four people with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times. Other news organizations have corroborated the report. Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed justice, learned about Trump's directive while interviewing current and former senior White House officials in recent months. Trump told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday that the reports are "fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories."

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