In an interview with show host Laura Ingraham, Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Fox News on Monday night that the Trump administration has no plans to fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. On "The Ingraham Angle,” the retired Marine general spoke about the 12-count indictment unsealed that day against Paul Manafort – a former Trump campaign executive - and Rick Gates – Manafort’s longtime deputy - on charges that including conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud, money laundering, and failure to disclose their foreign lobbying work.
Kelly said, “All of the activities as I understand it that they were indicted for was long before they ever met Donald Trump or had any associated with the campaign. I think the reaction of the administration is let the legal justice system work, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we’ll see where this goes.”
The indictment does not mention any of Manafort’s work as manager for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign between March of 2016 until his ouster in August.
When Kelly was asked about morale in the West Wing, he said that the ‘”vast majority” of the White House staff are law-abiding citizens who seek to serve their country. “I think the staff is very comfortable we’re simply serving the nation. The vast majority of the staff would have nothing to do with this kind of thing.”
Not long after Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning, President Trump issued tweets to point out that there was no evidence of supposed collusion and that the events described in Manafort’s indictment occurred before he served on the Trump campaign.
On Tuesday, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that his country is not implicated in the first round of indictments. According to AP Wire services, Peskov said, “So far Russia doesn’t figure in any way in these charges which have been made.” Peskov added that he hopes that the charges do not feed anti-Russia “hysteria.” The accusations of Russian meddling in the election are “unfounded,” said Peskov. Russia, he said, is watching the unfolding scandal with “interest.”
Peskov adds that accusations of Russian meddling in the election remain “unfounded,” and “we are observing (the situation) with interest.”