The New York Times drops yet another bomb on Donald Trump.
“President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.”
It would appear to be White House Lawyer Don McGhan that was the NY Times main source for this piece. It would seem to be him because the Times state as a matter of fact, what it is Mueller knows about these details, so that had to come from McGhan himself. Don Mcghan, had already met with Mueller.
“Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Mr. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. had for Barack Obama.”
“Among the other episodes, Mr. Trump described the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated” in a letter that he intended to send to the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, but that White House aides stopped him from sending. Mr. Mueller has also substantiated claims that Mr. Comey made in a series of memos describing troubling interactions with the president before he was fired in May.
The New York Times has also learned that four days before Mr. Comey was fired, one of Mr. Sessions’s aides asked a congressional staff member whether he had damaging information about Mr. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director. It was not clear whether Mr. Mueller’s investigators knew about this incident.
Mr. Mueller has also been examining a false statement that the president dictated on Air Force One in July in response to an article in The Times about a meeting that Trump campaign officials had with Russians in 2016. A new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, says that the president’s lawyers believed that the statement was “an explicit attempt to throw sand into the investigation’s gears,” and that it led one of Mr. Trump’s spokesmen to quit because he believed it was obstruction of justice.”
If I were Trump, I’d be deeply concerned. In the beginning, I was thinking it unlikely that Trump would be charged with anything when Mueller’s investigation was done with the investigation phase…now…I’m leaning a little more to obstruction of justice. We’re not all the way there yet, but it’s closer. If I were Sessions, I’d start to be concerned as well, as he is slowly being drawn into the fray.
There wasn’t anything substantive in the excerpts of Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury” insofar as anything legally provable, or anything that Mueller doesn’t already know. What that book has done though, is shifted the ground for the battle of public opinion. The book is so scathing and over-the-top it makes Fox News and the GOP henchmen in Congress have to change battle fronts. They can’t be entirely on the offensive with the fabricated undermining of Muller with this addition to the battlefield. The book is a new rook on the field.
Right around the time this article hit the internet, those aforementioned GOP henchmen did try a new attack:
“Two of Congress’s most ardent Trump defenders, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) of the House’s ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, are calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
Why? The Russia investigation is becoming too big a distraction from President Trump’s victories, from the stock market’s “surge” to the GOP’s overhaul of the nation’s tax code, the Congress members write in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner.
They say that by recusing himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the United States election, Sessions has lost “control,” allowing for a leaky and unnecessarily overdrawn, partisan investigation:
The alarming number of FBI agents and DOJ officials sharing information with reporters is in clear violation of the investigative standards that Americans expect and should demand. How would New York Times reporters know any of this information when the FBI and DOJ are prohibited from talking about ongoing investigations? How many FBI agents and DOJ officials have illegally discussed aspects of an ongoing investigation with reporters? When will it stop?”
Silly stuff, but they’ll try it. Hell, they’ll try anything. Considering that most of the leaks we know about come from the administration itself. “Fire and Fury,” for example was written right in the goddamn White House with everyone chipping in to make it possible. This NY Times piece most likely came from the White House lawyer himself.
Let’s see if those D-bags Meadows and Jordan stick with this new tact or switch back to attempting to undermine Mueller. God, those guys are assholes.