Don McGahn Knows Everything-Now, So Does Robert Mueller
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The President’s lawyers said on Sunday that they believed that the White House Counsel Mr. Don McGahn had said nothing injurious about the president during the 30 hours of 3 separate interviews with Mueller’s team. President Trump said Monday, August 20, 2018, that White House lawyer Don McGahn had his approval to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN with a look at the president’s actions after a report this past weekend claiming he didn’t know the extent of McGahn’s interactions with the Russia probe, below:
What McGahn did witness that indicated obstruction of justice on the part of President Donald Trump, below:
- Trump ordered McGahn to stop Sessions’ recusal in March 2017
- McGahn’s aides were at the heart of discussions around firing Comey in April and May of 2017
- Trump ordered McGahn to fire Robert Mueller in June of 2017 and McGahn refused
- There were also concerns of witness tampering: Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
- The Firing of Michael Flynn in January of 2017-McGahn briefed Trump on Flynn’s dishonesty
Rachel Maddow points out that often when White House counsel Don McGahn is featured in a news report, he is casted in a heroic or noble role, under duress from Donald Trump, according to anonymous sources ‘familiar’ with McGahn, below:
Another member of President Trump’s team has been working with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the New York Times. White House counsel Don McGahn has reportedly shared detailed accounts about events at the heart of the investigation. Amna Nawaz reports, and Judy Woodruff talks with former deputy independent counsel Solomon Wisenberg and former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, below:
To better understand Don McGahn’s relationship to President Trump, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Donald Francis McGahn II is an American lawyer and political figure. He is the current White House Counsel and Assistant to the President for U.S. President Donald Trump, serving since January 20, 2017, and was formerly a Commissioner of the United States Federal Election Commission (FEC).
McGahn served as Donald Trump‘s campaign counsel during his 2016 campaign for president. McGahn managed all litigation involving Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign. Early in 2016, he stopped efforts to keep Trump off of the Republican primary ballot in New Hampshire by going to court and winning to ensure ballot access in a key primary state. McGahn also assembled and oversaw the legal team that helped defeat the NeverTrump movement at the 2016 Republican National Convention, both in the RNC Rules Committee and on the convention floor. Several weeks before the election, lawsuits were filed in four battleground states alleging voter intimidation and seeking to enjoin the Trump campaign from having observers at polling locations. McGahn successfully managed and won these litigations.
Shortly after Trump won the election, he named McGahn General Counsel of the Presidential Transition Team. On November 25, 2016, McGahn was named White House Counsel for the President-elect’s new administration.
McGahn personally recommended Trump nominate Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia and Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy.on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s first official interview with Trump staff was on January 5, 2017 when McGahn met with him in Trump Tower. Trump and McGahn met with him on January 14, 2017. McGahn called Gorsuch on January 27, 2017 to tell him that he had been selected as the nominee. Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday April 10, 2017. McGahn also recommended the nomination of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Acosta was sworn in on April 28, 2017.
McGahn assembled a team of lawyers to oversee filling all judicial vacancies. Guided by McGahn’s team, President Trump had already appointed ten appellate judges by November 11, 2017, the most that early in a presidency since Richard Nixon.
According to the New York Times, McGahn conveyed instructions from President Trump to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, requesting Sessions not to recuse himself from overseeing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. McGahn was unaware that Sessions had already consulted with career attorneys at the Department of Justice. When Sessions informed him he had already decided to recuse himself, McGahn ceased further discussion of the topic. In response to this, Walter Shaub, former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, said McGahn had “done much to undermine anticorruption mechanisms in this country.” Shaub said, “It is a crime for a federal employee to participate in a particular matter in which he has a financial interest.”
Donald J. Trump✓ via Twitter @realdonaldtrump
The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type “RAT.” But I allowed him and all others to testify – I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide……
19 Aug 2018
In January 2018 The New York Times reported that in June, 2017, the president asked McGahn to instruct top Justice Department officials to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller, and that McGahn refused, instead threatening to resign.
The New York Times reported on August 18, 2018 that McGahn had been cooperating extensively with the Special Counsel investigation for several months and that he and his lawyer had become concerned that Trump “had decided to let Mr. McGahn take the fall for decisions that could be construed as obstruction of justice, like the Comey firing, by telling the special counsel that he was only following shoddy legal advice from Mr. McGahn.”.
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