POLITICO’s JEFF MUELLER is set to return to work in a job as chief of the White House’s legal team as tensions mount over the FBI director’s firing.
A senior administration official said Thursday that Mueller would return to the White Street legal office and work as an outside counsel and not as a legal adviser.
He would work from his home in Washington, D.C., where he will continue to serve as a director of the Office of Legislative Affairs.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter was private, said Muelders appointment would be contingent on the attorney general and deputy attorney general signing off on the FBI’s recommendation to remove Comey.
“The president is a big fan of Muellers ability and expertise and I am confident that he will bring that expertise and expertise to bear on this,” the official said.
The appointment comes after the president tweeted on Thursday that Comey was “terrified” of the firing.
He also tweeted that the firing was “a joke.”
The president also took a swipe at Comey’s ability to handle the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump associates.
“He is a good man, but is being used as an excuse by the Democrats to obstruct the FBI and to undermine the American people,” the president wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday morning.
The White House also released a statement on Friday morning saying Muehlers departure was due to the “inconsistency of the position” in which the attorney General is now.
“When the President makes such a decision, he will make the best judgment for the country,” the statement read.