White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Trump doesn’t plan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, after Democrats warned the president not to interfere in Mueller’s investigation in the wake of a 12-count indictment against his former campaign chairman.
“There’s no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” Sanders told reporters during Monday’s White House press briefing.
Sanders also said the White House expects Mueller’s probe to conclude “soon.”
A federal grand jury indicted Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the U.S.
The indictment was unsealed Monday morning, and Manafort and Gates surrendered to federal authorities. They appeared in court Monday afternoon.
The charges against Manafort and Gates are the first stemming from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and ties between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.
In the wake of the indictment, Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to protect Mueller and his independence.