No President Has The Power To Instruct Some Body To Create A False Document. That Is An Obstruction Of Justice
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The transcripts of Don McGahn’s testimony were finally released. This is an important check on the potential power of any future president and the ability of the House to go after testimonies of the closest of aids to that president. NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Garrett Haake and MSNBC Legal Contributor Danny Cevallos join Geoff Bennett to discuss, in the video published on June 10, 2021, “Don McGahn: Worried Trump’s Handling Of Mueller Probe Would ‘Spiral’“, below:
Rachel Maddow looks at a newly released transcript of last week’s testimony by former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn that affirms findings in the Mueller report that could expose Donald Trump to criminal liability that couldn’t be prosecuted when Trump was president but could be now if a prosecutor was willing to look at the assembled evidence and give the matter honest consideration, in the video published on June 10, 2021, “Trump, Now Just A Citizen, Could Be Criminally Exposed“, below:
House Judiciary Chair Nadler On McGahn Testimony, in italics, below:
“Mr. McGahn provided the Committee with substantial new information – including firsthand accounts of President Trump’s increasingly out of control behavior, and insight into concerns that the former President’s conduct and could expose both Trump and McGahn to criminal liability.” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) New York
Former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn confirmed before a congressional panel last week that former President Donald Trump urged him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated his 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia, according to a transcript released Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The closed-door interview on June 4 was the culmination of a two-year court fight Democrats waged against the Trump administration, putting McGahn on record before the House Judiciary Committee on some of the most pivotal moments of the Trump presidency, including when Trump directed McGahn to pressure Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller — and McGahn refused. McGahn said on Friday he considered Trump’s request “a point of no return.” “If the Acting Attorney General received what he thought was a direction from the counsel to the President to remove a special counsel, he would either have to remove the special counsel or resign,” McGahn said. “We are still talking about the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ decades and decades later.” McGahn told the committee that he didn’t call Rosenstein in part because he feared that Rosenstein could resign if he felt pressured. “What I was not going to do is cause any sort of chain reaction that would cause this to spiral out of control in a way that wasn’t in the best interests, at least as a lawyer, what I thought was in the best interests of my client, which was the President,” said McGahn. McGahn had already described Trump’s maneuvers to the Mueller team, but the Trump administration had blocked him from repeating the interviews with Congress, in the video published on June 10, 2021, “Ex-Trump WH counsel testifies Trump urged him fire Mueller“, below:
McGahn on Trump Asking For Mueller’s Removal, in italics, below:
“After I got off the phone with the President, how did I feel? Oof. Frustrated, perturbed, trapped. Many emotions.”
Don McGahn Former White House Counsel | June 4
According to Elie Honig, CNN Senior Legal Analyst and former federal and state prosecutor, “This is the single most flagrant instance of obstruction of justice laid out in the entire 448 pages of the Mueller Report. Donald Trump instructed Don McGahn, his hand-picked White House counsel to fire Robert Mueller mid investigation. Now luckily for Donald Trump that Don McGahn had enough common sense to sort of blow him off and hope that this little temper tantrum would blow over. But it didn’t. He kept on coming back to McGahn and said ‘get it done’ and eventually Trump told McGahn ‘I need you to lie about this and I need you to make a false document about this, Don.'” Elie Honig continued, “I don’t care how strongly you want to try to defend Donald Trump…no President has the power to instruct some body to create a false document. That is an obstruction of justice.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell and former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann join Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss Don McGahn’s new testimony that Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller and why we “should consider” giving more independence to special counsel investigations given the “fragile times for our democracy.” In the video published on June 9, 2021, “McGahn: Trump’s Order To Have Mueller Fired Was ‘Point Of No Return’“, below:
Abdallah Fayyad, Boston Globe Editorial Board member and opinion writer, breaks down the Board’s series on the need to hold Trump accountable, because what happened during his presidency showed “just how weak our checks and balances are against a tyrannical president.” in the video published on June 10, 2021, “Boston Globe Editorial Board Member On The Need To Hold Trump Accountable”, below:
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