Senate Republicans on Wednesday urged the president to resign after he was recorded saying he was considering removing special counsel Robert Mueller from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Trump made the remarks, made to the NBC News senior political analyst Matt Lauer on Wednesday, during a conversation with Lauer that was recorded.
“I’m not going to fire the special counsel,” Trump said, according to the transcript.
“But I think that he’s probably been treated unfairly.”
“I’ve been treated fairly by the press.
I’ve been very fair with them,” he added.
“I don’t know if I’ve done the right thing.
I just know that I’ve treated them fairly.”
Trump also said that Mueller “made a mistake” in hiring former FBI Director James Comey as special counsel.
Trump’s comments came after Mueller was fired by the FBI on Tuesday, the same day that Trump issued his first public statement about the investigation, which he said was a “witch hunt.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday that he “will always defend the Constitution” and “will not allow the criminal investigation of my Administration to be interfered with.”