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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S. March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis - RC1854CDB900

White House continues to deny Trump is considering firing special counsel Mueller

The White House is continuing to deny that President Donald Trump is looking to oust special counsel Robert Mueller.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley tells reporters aboard Air Force One that “there are no conversations or discussions about removing” Mueller.

And he says Trump’s recent tweets criticizing Mueller’s team are part of his “well-established frustration for more than a year this has been going on.”

Trump this weekend lashed out at Mueller on Twitter for the first time by name. Some congressional Republicans feared that was a signal Trump might be considering firing Mueller. On Monday Trump called the probe “a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!”

Gidley says Trump “believes this is the biggest witch hunt in history.”

Trump cannot directly fire Mueller. Any dismissal would have to be carried out by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

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