Experts believe special counsel Robert Mueller could be about to trap Donald Trump over reports the U.S. President had ordered his firing last June, which would constitute obstruction of justice.

President Donald Trump’s fate over whether or not special counsel Robert Mueller will recommend impeachment proceedings against him may already be sealed before he sits down for his promised interview with Mueller in about two or three weeks, experts say.

On Thursday The New York Times reported Trump ordered the firing of Mueller, who is probing whether the president’s campaign aided Russian interference in the 2016 election. Four sources told of the matter explained to The Times that the president only backed down on his order when White House counsel Don McGhan threatened to resign.

“Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” Trump said of the story in brief remarks early Friday as he held meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Yet if the report is true it would mean that Trump may not be able to avoid answering an uncomfortable question during Mueller’s interview that could tie his hands: Did you order my firing?

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