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Trump lawyer refuses to rule out firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Attorney Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump's legal team, on Sunday refused to rule out the possibility of the president attempting to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"Will the president promise not to interfere, not attempt at any time to order the deputy attorney general to fire Robert Mueller?" asked ABC host George Stephanopoulos. "Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive," Sekulow replied. "But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do."

"I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise," he added moments later, "but that again is an issue that the president with his advisers would discuss if there was a basis."

Mueller, meanwhile, is assembling a formidable legal team and is expected to soon move to a larger office that can accommodate the security necessary to review classified documents. Read The Week's Simon Maloy on why Mueller's appointment is such bad news for Trump, and watch an excerpt of Sekulow's comments below. Bonnie Kristian