By Katelyn Caralle, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:30 BST, 16 June 2019 | Updated: 20:30 BST, 16 June 2019
President Donald Trump said he didn't fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller because he said it didn't work out well for Richard Nixon.
'I wasn't going to fire him. Do you know why?' Trump questioned during part of an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday morning. 'Because I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody and that didn't work out too well.'
Trump was referring to the former president who order his attorney general at the time, Elliot Richardson, to fire independent prosecutor Archibald Cox, who served during the Watergate scandal.
When Richardson refused and resigned, Nixon then ordered his deputy Attorney General Willian Ruchelshaus to fire Cox. He also refused and resigned.
President Donald Trump said he didn't fire Special Council Robert Mueller because he knew that didn't work out well for Richard Nixon
Trump told ABC News in an interview that will air Sunday night that Article II gives him the right to 'do whatever I want'
During his sworn testimony before the special council, former White House Council Don McGahn (pictured second from right) said he was under the impression Trump wanted Mueller fired. Trump said he got that idea because he talked about how conflicted Mueller was
Congress was in the midst of conducting impeachment proceedings against Nixon in the early 1970s related to the Watergate scandal escalation, and in the middle of his second term he resigned in the face of almost certain removal from office.
In a wide-range interview, which will air in its entirety Sunday evening, Trump told host